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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee (DEI) is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment that is sustainably woven into the culture of the organization through equitable opportunities for education, employment, awareness and representation.

Committee Description

The DEI committee serves as a resource for PPRA leadership and members to educate and inform best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion and to develop an anti-racist environment within Philadelphia’s public relations and communications industry. It works to create a climate that acknowledges and celebrates the differences in our members; encourages difficult, but essential, conversations; and actively works to address and call out practices and policies that attribute to inequality in our industry and in our region.

The committee will work closely to evaluate the experiences of its members and the broader communications/public relations community to identify practices and policies that will aid in creating an industry landscape that is reflective of Philadelphia’s minority-majority status. Its work will serve as a guide for PPRA programming, communications, and activities, and will position the organization to accurately reflect the needs of industry professionals, and in turn, advocate for systemic changes.

Why including “equity” is important:

Equity is an intentional commitment which recognizes that individuals have different experiences in our industry and varying access to opportunities for success. Working toward equity will ensure that we will achieve and sustain diversity within a more inclusive environment that actively bridges the gaps that continue to separate us.

Our Industry Commitment

The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Philly) renew their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion formally, publicly and together.

Both PPRA and PRSA Philly value diversity, equity and inclusion practices and our board members commit to pursuing and developing inclusive environments in our organizations.

As of June 1, 2019, each organization committed to continuously strive to be as inclusive as possible by weaving diversity into the fabric of its day-to-day operations and organizational culture. To view PPRA and PRSA Philly’s commitment in full, click here.

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