For many in PR, because of their own day-to-day experiences, the thought of accessibility for an audience may not register when strategizing communications. But the truth is that 61 million Americans live with a disability, according to the Center for Disease Control. And that is a sizable number to acknowledge when trying to release important information.
Diversity & Inclusion
For it to be most effective, DEI efforts need to expand beyond being a function of HR, according to panelists at this week’s PRNEWS webinar, “Communicating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Actions to External Stakeholders.” The question, then, becomes what PR’s role should be.
DEI initiatives permeate the PR industry. Are they effective? A recent survey finds 74 percent of respondents saying they are optimistic about their organization’s commitment to DEI. However, only 53 percent say DEI training is required, and 40 percent report their organization’s budget does not fund DEI. The enthusiasm for DEI exists, but the industry has a long way to go.
Female-led WE Communications has an enviable track record on gender diversity. Last week it named 20-year WE veteran Elizabeth Herrera Smith EVP and head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We asked about ways PR can bolster its ethnic diversity and how small and mid-size communication shops can kickstart DEI.
October marked the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To celebrate, we spoke with Rachel Carver, a senior PR specialist at Outlook Business Solutions.
[VIDEO] PRNEWS Talks to Michelle Ngome, President of African American Marketing Association, About Brand DiversityOctober 26th, 2020 by Nicole Schuman
PRNEWS Live welcomed Michelle Ngome, president of the African-American Marketing Association, as our guest. We discussed the continual actions companies and brands are taking to improve DEI, particularly during this Global Diversity Awareness Month.
In the wake of the George Floyd killing and the rise of #BlackLivesMatter, numerous companies issued statements supporting Black and Brown communities. Unless these statements are matched with internal communication and action, they risk doing harm to employees, argues Tamon Geroge, co-founder & CEO of Creative Theory Agency. He offers tactics for such action.
Organizations, large and small, can work to better understand and improve their D&I practices and seek change. Communicators can lead in these efforts, the co-chairs of PRSA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee argue in this essay that honors Global Diversity Awareness Month.
It is important to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, but it’s also imperative to look beyond that toward the work needed to include all parts of the Latinx community, including Afro-Latinos. Here are some ways PR pros and their organizations can increase inclusion.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15), we asked Yesenia Reinoso, a 2020 “15 Under 35” honoree (PRSA-NY), to offer tips for communicating with the Hispanic market. As is the case in other markets, authenticity is one of the most important characteristics to ensure your brand bonds with Hispanic consumers.