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Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

PRSA celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May. It recognizes the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the U.S.



Diverse Dialogues

Beyond the Hashtags:
How PR/Comms Pros Can Drive Unity

On Demand

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Join PRSA Diversity & Inclusion National Committee in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and recognizing the essential role ALL diverse communities play in advancing the rights, equality, equity and inclusion of the AAPI community and other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color groups. The program will cover strategies and examples of current partnerships built to combat hate.

Our panelists will discuss how to drive unity through coalition building and authentic allyship, and share tactics for PR/Comms practitioners to implement and activate as we seek to keep unity efforts moving forward.

Scott Shirai, APR, Fellow PRSA, Chair & President of Visual Perspectives

Cheryll Forsatz, VP of PR and Corporate Communications at Ferrero USA
Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips, President and Founder of MRPP & Associates Communications, LLC
Jorge F. D'Garay, President & CEO of MXUS Public Relations

Building Bridges:
Standing & Speaking Up Against Anti-Asian Racism

On Demand

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PRSA and PRSSA hosts a special virtual panel to discuss the impact of xenophobia, discrimination and assault on the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The one-hour session provids insight, guidance and shares strategies on how communications/PR professionals and college students can apply themselves, or on behalf of their organizations, to not only speak up in support but to take action.

Carolyn Lok, PRSSA National President
Haniya Shariff, PRSSA, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

Grace Meng, Congresswoman
Cady Lang, Staff Writer, TIME
Bill Imada, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group, Inc.

A Celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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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 



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit

DEI Toolkit

The DEI Toolkit provides members with diversity-related research, materials, applicable tools and professional development opportunities.

Its creation rests on two objectives:

  • To educate members by providing them with the resources they need to help them manage the diversity and inclusion initiatives of their own Chapters, Districts and Sections
  • To influence the composition of their professional development and membership so that the diversity of its membership reflects and embraces the diversity of the profession
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