PRSA is proud to present Diverse Dialogues, a series of conversations with leaders in the profession about Diversity and Inclusion and the way forward.
As communications professionals, our voices are critical in bringing about change within our organizations. We must be confident in speaking to our leadership teams and pushing forward critical, and often uncomfortable, conversations about current events and social matters among our employees.
Through Diverse Dialogues, we bring together leaders and experts in Diversity and Inclusion to share insights and best practices to guide communications professionals in having critical conversations to enable real change.
PRSA and PRSSA members will walk away empowered with ideas and resources to begin the conversation with their leadership that will position Diversity and Inclusion as more than a topic for this moment. Members will be inspired to drive the conversation toward including Diversity and Inclusion as foundational to the values for all organizations moving forward.
What You Need to Know About HBCUs:
A Reservoir of Public Relations Talent and Desire
Recorded Feb 23, 2021 5 p.m. EDT
Learn what you need to know about Historically Black Colleges and Universities in our first 2021 Diverse Dialogues panel celebrating Black History Month. HBCUs have served as pipelines for diversified intellect, creativity, and talent for decades, but
they have particularly garnered center-stage attention following the historic appointment of the first female, Black, South Asian U.S. Vice President, Kamala Harris, also an HBCU graduate. Although the D&I Committee, along with PRSA Foundation,
has worked to provide scholarships and conference grants reducing the financial barriers to HBCU students and advisers, there is still much work to be done.
During our session, panelists will share perspectives on the challenges faced by students of color in our profession, students’ accomplishments at these iconic institutions, and the part PRSA members can play in ensuring their future and ours. Some of our most talented and successful PRSSA Chapters hail from HBCUs, and as PR professionals guard railing our future, it is our duty to mentor these students, help them overcome challenges, and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Join the conversation using #PRDiversity and tagging @PRSADiversity.
Shanita Akintonde, MBA, M.Ed., DTM, professor in The School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago
B. DàVida Plummer, Dean at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Hampton University
Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree, Professor and Interim Associate Dean of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University
Ranata Hughes, Visiting Professor and Internship Coordinator at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication
Partnerships and Collaborations Can Advance the D&I Movement
Recorded Dec 9, 2020
Growing partnerships and collaborations is a key feature of the PRSA D&I three-year strategic plan. As we look to develop and execute programs and activities that advance awareness of D&I and seek additional opportunities to “tell the D&I story” with external stakeholders including agencies, corporate leaders, journalists and more, we have to start and continue the conversations with these groups and thought leaders towards a better shared future in the industry.Moderators:
- Felicia Blow, APR - PRSA 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
- Andrea Gils - PRSA 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
- T. Garland Stansell, APR, PRSA Chair
- Lauren Wesley Wilson - Founder and CEO, ColorComm Media Group
- Naomi Tacuyan Underwood - Executive Director, Asian American Journalists Association
- Terry Allen - National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Media Related Task Force Chair
- Rebecca Aguilar - Emmy Award Winning Reporter and President-Elect for the Society of Professional Journalists
Communicators: Helping Americans Vote in 2020
Recorded Oct 6, 2020
6 -7 p.m. EDT
Today, more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, voter education is vitally important. Communicators are leading the charge in helping Americans understand important issues around where, when, and how to vote. Additionally, communicators from myriad organizations are taking bold steps to ensure that voting rights are understood. They are taking a lead role in helping Americans understand important issues as they relate to voting this election cycle.
Felicia Blow, APR, Co-Chair, of the National Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
- Zara Haq - Voting Rights Advocate, ACLU
- Sarah Courtney - Senior Director, Communications and Digital Strategy, The League of Women Voters
- Kelly Mason - Director, Corporate Communications, Levi Straus & Co
- Dan Lewerenz - Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
- Angela Sailor – Heritage Foundation
Hispanics and Communications: Current Issues, Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Recorded Sep 22, 2020
6 p.m. EDT
Panelists discuss the role of communications and media in educating, engaging, and advocating for critical issues affecting Hispanics: health, voting, and civil rights. Experts share effective strategies they've implemented in their roles to
communicate with Hispanic stakeholders around these issues (from clients to employees and leadership), as well as anticipated challenges this population will face in the coming months.
Participants will learn about organizations that are effectively leveraging their brand purpose as a strategy to connect with their Hispanic audiences, and what we can do as PR/communications professionals to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in our respective organizations.
This event has a live SPANISH interpretation. El evento contará con traducción en vivo en ESPAÑOL
Andrea Gils, International marketing and communications Manager, University of Kentucky
Zandra Zuno, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)
Pepe Maldonado, Account Supervisor, Zeno Group
Ana Toro, APR Fellow PRSA, Public Affairs Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Hugo Balta, News Director, WTTW. President, NAHJ. Owner, Latino News Network
LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination:
The Road to the Supreme Court
Recorded Aug 26, 2020
6 p.m. EDT
This hour-long presentation offers an inside look at the lessons learned from the advocates in LGBTQ workplace discrimination cases before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
Gerald Bostock, petitioner in the landmark civil rights case Bostock v. Clayton County, his legal counsel, Tom Mew of Buckley Beal, and lead communications counsel, Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC of Poston Communications, offer a look back at the road to the Supreme Court. They not only address the legal victory and how it came to pass, but they describe the importance of communications, engaging core stakeholders, and others in this critically important Supreme Court victory and matter of public concern.
A Celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month
Recorded June 25, 2020
6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Hear from some of the country’s leading LGBTQ PR professionals on how they are building and engaging the LGBTQ community when we can’t be together. Panelists will discuss the importance of authentic LGBTQ -inclusive communications and how PR professionals’ work is crucial in promoting and preserving unity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Moderator: Troy Blackwell Jr., Former National Director of Press Advance of Tom Steyer
- Ben Finzel, President of RENEWPR LLC, and Founder of The Change
- Debbie Ebalobo, Director of External Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
- Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer, GLAAD
Responding to Racial Injustice with Change and Healing
A Celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Recorded Jun 19, 2020
Carolyn Lok, President, PRSSA 2020-2021 National Committee
- Angela Chitkara, Researcher and Consultant, World in 2020 Project
- Soon Mee Kim, Executive Vice President and Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Porter Novelli
- Ted Nguyen, Immediate Past President of OC/PRSA and National Delegate; Senior Manager of External Affairs at the Orange County Transportation Authority