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Working Toward a More Diverse Profession

While the practice of public relations in the United States has undergone dramatic changes, a lack of diversity in the communications profession persists. Many studies indicate that the industry still struggles to attract young Black, Asian and Hispanic professionals to pursue public relations as their career of choice.

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is devoted to building consciousness by increasing visibility of D&I standards, resources and best practices for racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences, as well as diverse skill sets, mindsets and cultures at all levels of the organization.

The D&I Committee commends PR firms and organizations that have established more diverse workplace environments, and those that have established management programs to help minority groups and LGBTQ practitioners move up the corporate ladder.

Co-Chairs
Andrea Gils Monzón
Marketing and Communications Manager
University of Kentucky – International Center
Lexington, KY

Anita Ford Saunders, APR
Owner/Principal
AFS Communication
Middletown, CT

Vice Chairs
Jaron M. Terry, APR, Fellow PRSA
President and CEO
Jaron Terry Communications, Ltd.
Hillard, OH

Alex Ebanks
Manager, Brand Public Relations
Atlanta, GA

Immediate Past President
Shanita Akintonde
Assoc. Prof. Communication & Cinema and Television
Columbia College
Chicago, IL

Board Liaison
Jorge Francisco D’Garay
President and CEO
MXUS Public Relations
San Diego, CA

Staff Liaison
Jeneen Garcia
Senior Vice President of Programs
PRSA
New York, NY

Chapter Diversity Awards

The PRSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee will award up to two PRSA Chapters with a Chapter Diversity Award. The awards are given to Chapters that embody and demonstrate key values in diversity and inclusion, and that contribute to advancing diversity as shown by submissions of their best practices and/or case studies. These awards recognize their local efforts, as well as provide further support for continued achievements at the Chapter level.

PRSA 2020 Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Award Winners:

First Place:  Minnesota PRSA Chapter
Second Place: Orange County PRSA Chapter
Honorable Mention: Central Ohio PRSA Chapter

The 2021 D&I Chapter Awards application will be posted in July 2021.

 

D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award

Established in 1990, the D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award is PRSA’s highest individual honor presented to a PR professional who has contributed to increased awareness of public relations within multicultural communities and has participated in promoting issues that meet the needs of these diverse communities.

The winner of the 2020 D. Parke Gibson Award was Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips.

The 2021 D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award application will be posted in July 2021.  

 

Build a More Inclusive Profession
Support the Endowment of PRSA’s Multicultural Scholarship
PRSA is committed to enabling positive change in the public relations and communications profession in many ways. PRSA has made a bold commitment to creating meaningful change in our profession by empowering the next generation of multicultural communications professionals and leaders.

Since 1989, PRSA has recognized young men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations.

In 2020 the PRSA Board of Directors, in partnership with the PRSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, established the first permanent endowment to ensure funding for the annual PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship.

We are storytellers. It is what we do.
Let our story be that we kept a promise we make today. Help us write the story of change.

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