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COPRSA Diversity & Inclusion Program Focuses on Forward Momentum: You’re Invited to Come On Board!

You’re invited to be part of maintaining the forward momentum of Central Ohio on the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) front by joining the D&I committee for 2018!

Our next meeting is May 9 at 5:30 pm in room #1 at the Driving Park branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1422 East Livingston Avenue. Take a look at our accomplishments to date and bring your ideas to the meeting! Questions? Call Shanikka Flinn at 614.893.7711.

D&I Accomplishments

PRSA National recognized Central Ohio PRSA with a Chapter Diversity Award, Honorable Mention, for strides made in 2016 and 2017 to advance diversity and inclusion at the local level. The award – presented during PRSA ICON 2017 in Boston – acknowledges the outstanding efforts of our D&I Committee members: Shanikka Flinn, chair; Gayle Saunders, APR; and Jaron Terry, MS, APR, Fellow PRSA.

In addition to changing our chapter’s bylaws in 2016 to reflect 21st century D&I goals, the 2017 committee, which also included David Welsh and Kevin Terry Smith:

  • Sponsored a mixer for current and prospective members
  • Produced a panel presentation, “D&I: It’s Not Just HR, It’s PR,” at the August 2017 chapter luncheon, sponsored by The Saunders Group
  • Offered a seven-session APR Prep Course featuring COPRSA university professors and PR professionals
  • Published D&I articles in PRSay, PRSA Tactics and Columbus CEO magazine
  • Produced and hosted radio programs, which included a noted national author, and community and committee members
  • Presented on D&I to PRSA Health Academy; PRSA ICON16, PRSA ICON17 and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio.

We hope you will join us in helping to move the needle forward on D&I in PRSA and in the public relations profession.

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