I’ll be honest with you. Before last year, I hadn’t thought a lot about diversity, and I should have. I received a minority scholarship when I went to college, and after graduation it was always part of each of my career opportunities and organizational service, but it wasn’t until I attended the 2010 PRSA National Leadership Assembly that I saw what a difference it makes. While there, we saw a presentation where Chapters around the U.S. were really taking diversity to the next level.
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The following post was originally published on PRSAY.
Having been a member of PRSA for nearly five years, I’ve always been proud of the fact that our association commits to increasing awareness of diversity on both the national and local levels. PRSA holds diversity workshops and networking events, and it encourages ongoing dialogue through articles, blog posts and online discussion forums. When I was invited to write a guest post for Black History Month, I was honored to get involved and contribute my thoughts on the importance of diversity in our industry.
A friend sent me this Ad Age article about the “sorry state of diversity” in the advertising field that address the layered problems with recruiting and retaining people of color.
The one thing that struck me and my friend about the article was the list of resources at the end. My friend at the bottom of his email about the story asked, “Is there a list like this for PR?”
I couldn’t find such a list, so I created this one. This will be an on-going project of the Diversity Committee for the next year to modify and update this list. If you have any organizations, scholarship, or awards programs that have been omitted, let us know.
The Roman god Janus is the namesake for January. Typically Janus is depicted with two faces: one that faces the past or what is behind and one that faces forward, looking to the future.
January is the time of year where we make resolutions, pin hopes on the new year, and preparing for new beginnings while keeping the accomplishments and disappointments of the last year in mind.