Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are integral to the evolution and growth of PRSA and the public relations industry. The most obvious contexts of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, country of origin, culture and diversity of thought.
However, in a rapidly changing society, diversity continues to evolve and can include class, socioeconomic status, life experiences, learning and working styles, and personality types and intellectual traditions and perspectives, in addition to cultural, political, religious and other beliefs.
These defining attributes impact how we approach our work, connect with others and move through the world. Inclusion, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is defined as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.”
Inclusion is not just about having that “seat at the table” but i s about ensuring everyone’s voice i s heard and fully considered. Diversity and inclusion are proactive behaviors. Respecting, embracing, celebrating and validating those behaviors are integral to PRSA’s DNA.
Diversity and inclusion are vital to the success of our profession, our members and the communities in which we live and work. It is essential and is our responsibility as members of PRSA to carry this forward.