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The story of an aspiring, bi-sexual public relations leader.

Throughout the month of June we continue to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community across the globe. I was inspired to share my story because I want other LGBTQ+ students to understand that they can succeed in this industry. I would like to begin this story by sharing my LGBTQ+ journey. It wasn’t until middle school that […]

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Entering a New Era of Uncertainty and Learning

As I witness the unfolding scenes of unrest and violence in the United States, my heart breaks. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more innocent Black lives, are a symptom of deeply institutionalized racism that exists ubiquitously. As each death transpires, we find spirit and action in the digital […]

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Three Times Representation Helped Me Feel Home in Public Relations

PRSSA marked February 2020 as “PRoud Month,” and I used that month to reflect on the power of pride. A Twitter Chat was hosted on the topic led by Adriênne Bolden, PRSSA’s inaugural vice president of diversity and inclusion. The chat left me thinking about the power of representation. How did I get here, able […]

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What Winning the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award Did for Me

Like a lot of students entering their freshman year of college, I was nervous but excited to start. Undecided in my major, I was unsure of what exactly I wanted to be involved in. At the freshman student involvement fair, I came across the PRSSA table where the executive board enthusiastically went on about all […]

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Together is Much Better

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Have you ever heard this quote? The main purpose of this expression is to point out the fact that if you want to change the final result, you need to change the way you do things. In a globalized, well-connected world, we are always surrounded […]

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Women in Leadership in Public Relations: Karen Mateo, CCO, PRSA

So, at this point, we all know (or hopefully should know) that there is a diversity problem in public relations senior leadership. Not only does this impact brands reaching target audiences, but it hinders the development of aspiring leaders and the future success of the industry. When there is no representation, it makes it harder […]

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PRSSA PRoud Month — Twitter Chat Recap

Thank you to everyone who participated in our PRSSA PRoud Month Twitter chat, “Loud and #PRoud: The Importance of D&I in the Industry.” This chat was co-hosted by Vice President of Diversity of Inclusion Adriênne Bolden (@leverage_miami) and Vice President of Digital Communications Carolyn Lok (tweeting from @PRSSANational). The Twitter chat was run using the hashtag #PRSSAPRoud, and highlights from […]

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How You Can Make Your Social Media More Inclusive to the Disability Community

The modern world of media is being led by the digital age. Even though the digital age has helped reduce geographical and social barriers, is the digital age completely inclusive to people with disabilities? Technology has monumentally changed our culture in the past decade, improving the lives of people with disabilities and I wonder where […]

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Where Do I Stand on Inclusion?

On April 4, I flew to Portland, Oregon, to attend the PRSSA 2019 National Assembly to serve as the delegate for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chapter. While there I had the opportunity to network with other PRSSA Chapter presidents and learn from some stellar public relations professionals. I also participated in the voting for new […]

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Diversity and Inclusion Training for Public Relations Pros [PRSSA 2019 National Assembly recap]

Session: D&I Training for PRos Presenter: Ben Duncan, Oregon Public Health Institute The phrase “diversity and inclusion” has been thrown around a lot in the public relations industry, especially in recent years. In a time when it is easy to be divided, working professionals have had to ask the hard questions about the culture and […]

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