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What Diversity on Campus Means to You: Kent State PRSSA

It seems like diversity is one of the hottest topics right now — and it should be. It’s important to interact with people from diverse backgrounds whose opinions differ from your own. For the 40,000 students that make up Kent State University’s eight campuses, diversity unquestionably plays an important role. Since the Kent State student […]

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Recap and Reflection: Ketchum Student Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

On Oct. 10, Ketchum’s Washington, D.C. office hosted a student-targeted panel discussion on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the field of public relations. The featured speakers were Sharon V. Jones, senior vice president, director of human resources and director of diversity and inclusion at Ketchum; Dianne R. Johnson, MPH, vice president of marketing and communications […]

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Understanding the Role of Diversity

Diversity Month is a month dedicated to celebrating and embracing diversity within PRSA and PRSSA. In an effort to understand more about the role of diversity in organizations, I contacted Dr. Cheryl Jenkins, associate professor and graduate coordinator at the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi and co-author of ”Race […]

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Why Diversity Is Important

Many of us can agree that diversity is a good thing. Making diversity a goal is, for the most part, a no-brainer. However, we often forget the many reasons why diversity is important in the first place. Here are three reasons why it is important for us to continually encourage diversity. Diversity is more realistic. […]

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3 Ways to Avoid the “Single Story”

Public relations is all about storytelling. If we aren’t creating awareness or framing conversations, we’re busy questioning and seeking out answers in preparation to do one or the other. Why not bring this same frame of mind to our personal and professional interactions?   We are constantly surrounded by people who are different from us. […]

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PRSA Grant Funds Diversity in Public Relations Initiative

For the third consecutive year, the PRSA Foundation has awarded a grant to DePaul University and Midtown Center for Boys to encourage Chicago minority high school students to pursue a career in public relations or journalism through a seven-week intensive apprenticeship. As part of this program, students produce several issues of a newspaper called the […]

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4 Ways Your Chapter Can Participate in Diversity Month

Hold a Diversity Meeting Everyone is different not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Coming together as a Chapter and discussing ways to encourage and express diversity allows each member to feel like they are represented. A great way to let everyone express their diversity is by asking each member to define […]

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Recognize Diversity Through #HumansofPRSSA

Growing up, I remember one of my family’s favorite games to play at the dinner table was “the person game,” commonly known as Guess Who. The game starts with a single player thinking of a person while other players ask yes or no questions to try and discover the identity of the person the player […]

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August Twitter Chat Recap: Shift — Diversity in Action

Thank you to everyone who participated in our August 2015 Twitter chat. Specifically, we’d like to thank our co-hosts, Vice President of Advocacy Victoria Lewis  (tweeting from @VictoriaKLewis) and Vice President of Public Relations Nolan Miles (tweeting from the @PRSSANational account) for guiding the conversation. Please be on the lookout for next month’s Twitter chat! […]

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Diversity Beyond the Looking Glass

We often throw the term diversity around. Whether it’s in our Chapters, internships or classes, the concept is always being discussed and rightfully so. However, these conversations never seem to go further than the search for diversity, and the definition is never touched. Defining Diversity Even reputable dictionaries don’t provide substantial definitions for diversity. For […]

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