Diversity & Inclusion

THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

PRSA Chicago’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to creating more diverse representation within the PR profession. As a Chapter that represents one of the most diverse cities in the world, our goals are to foster more inclusivity within the sector and to better reflect the diverse backgrounds, rich heritages and experiences of multicultural communicators.

ELEVATING THE DIALOGUE

The D&I Committee works to demonstrate and amplify our Chapter’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in Chicago, where more than 55 percent of the population is African American, Hispanic and Asian. Through support of programming topics and guests, unique panel discussions and a Diversity Fellowship, we elevate the dialogue around diversity and inclusion in the field of communications. The Committee aims to be the credible voice and leader for D&I best practices within the sector.

DEMONSTRATING OUR COMMITMENT

In 2020, the D&I Committee created the PRSA Chicago Michelle Flowers Diversity Fellowship Program, establishing a long-term investment in our profession designed to build a highly qualified pipeline of diverse talent. Two awards, each in the amount of $3,000, are presented to talented communications students of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry who are juniors.  The award includes a paid summer internship at a Chicago agency affiliated with PRSA Chicago between the Diversity Fellow’s junior and senior year.  The award is renewable for the Fellow’s senior year based on attaining a 3.0 GPA.   

Founder of Flowers Communications Group, one of the nation’s top multicultural integrated marketing agencies, Michelle is an award-winning expert in multicultural communications. Her firm was named to Forbes America’s Best PR Agencies 2021 list. The Michelle Flowers Diversity Fellowship pays tribute to the meaningful contributions that she has made as a leading African-American pioneer in the PR industry, as well as her deep dedication to diversity for more than 30 years. For additional information about the Michelle Flowers Diversity Fellowship Program, click here or to apply.

TO LEARN MORE

To learn more, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at [email protected].