Academic Resources/Exam Support
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society expanded the Diversity Exam Reimbursement Program for actuarial candidates. This program now offers qualified candidates exam reimbursements and study materials for two additional credentialing requirements.
Several actuarial organizations and employers collaborate to offer scholarship opportunities to underrepresented candidates in the actuarial profession.
- Actuarial Foundation Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
- IABA Bootcamp
- IABA Scholarship
- IABA Exam Prep Program
- OLA Academy and Academic Scholarship Program
- Milliman Opportunity Scholarship
- Mutual of Omaha Actuarial Scholarship for Minority Students
The SOA partners with organizations at the forefront of DEI efforts to strengthen our existing strategy, programs, and commitment to better serve our members, the actuarial profession, actuarial employers, and society.
Learn more about how you can support these organizations in their efforts for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive profession.
Abacus Actuaries: A network of aspiring, practicing, and retired actuaries, working together through mentorship programs, networking, and other professional development opportunities to break the bamboo ceiling so Asians can achieve equal representation in the highest ranks of the actuarial profession.
The Actuarial Foundation: A philanthropic organization for the actuarial industry in the United States promoting lifelong math education and financial literacy through its learning resources and scholarships.
International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA): A global network of thousands of black actuarial students and professional members, offering scholarships, mentoring and other programs and events.
Network of Actuarial Women and Allies (NAWA): An organization for women and allies that empowers and connects women of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and life circumstances to be successful in the actuarial profession.
Organization of Latino Actuaries (OLA): An organization that offers support to increase the number of Latino actuaries by providing guidance mentorship and networking opportunities.
Sexuality and Gender Alliance of Actuaries (SAGAA): An organization that aims to facilitate connections between LGBTQ+ actuaries and allies to engage in community-wide dialogue about LGBTQ+ issues. This group intends to create a safe space for dialogue, community, and career encouragement, while also educating the broader actuarial profession.
South Asian Network of Actuaries (SANA): An organization founded to establish a strong network of current and aspiring South Asian actuaries worldwide and provide professional advancement opportunities, early actuarial education support, and broader community upliftment.
The SOA continues to conduct research with a DEI focus as part of our commitment to address issues of social and racial disparities. We are committed to make a difference through our research, and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the actuarial profession and in the communities where we live.
Read and listen to industry leaders and the SOA research team present the latest reports:
U.S. Population by Race report and podcast. This report covers historical mortality from 1999 – 2018 by race as categorized by population data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) WONDER database.
Mortality by Socioeconomic Category report and podcast. In this SOA-sponsored research report, Magali Barbieri, Ph.D., at the University of California-Berkeley, presents mortality analysis and rate estimate for the United States by year from 1982 through 2018, separately by socioeconomic quintile and decile.
Visit the SOA Research page to access reports, podcasts and much more on a variety of issues.
The Power of a “Yes” or “No” – A look at the career journey of a Black actuary in Canada
SOA Research: Learnings about Financial Priorities by Race and Ethnicity of Groups with Lower Levels of Retirement Security – An Interview with Alan Newsome, FSA, MAAA, board member of the International Association of Black Actuaries
Inequalities In Retirement Security: Unique Challenges for African American Households – An interview with J. Michael Collins, Ph.D. and Cliff A. Robb, Ph.D.
The Importance of Pronoun Disclosure – A nonbinary actuarial analyst’s perspective
Why Being Yourself at Work Can Be So Damn Hard – And why it’s the best thing you can ever do
Bridging Generations – A look at two women who became colleagues and friends during their successful careers in insurance
Good Reads, Good Listens – A curated list of articles, podcasts, interviews and books about DEI
Take DEI to Heart – An actuary examines her experience with diversity, equity and inclusion in the actuarial profession
Leading by Serving – Q&A with Abid Kazmi, FSA, CERA, FCIA, senior director, Investments Strategy, at RBC Insurance
Should I Call You Latinx? – Despite frequent media usage, “Latinx” is still not widely adopted within the community it represents