We are all different, yet many times we fail to recognize the significance of our variances, especially in the workplace. At its core, diversity is the identification and understanding of our unique differences. Inclusion moves beyond the simple comprehension of our contrasts in demographic characteristics and instead focuses on the purposeful act of welcoming diversity, whether among work colleagues, PR peers, or volunteer counterparts. Organizations that embrace both concepts show their commitment to a free flow of information. By acknowledging and accepting dissimilarities, we create a hospitable environment where all kinds of people can thrive and succeed.
The PRSA National Diversity and Inclusion Committee defines diversity and inclusion as such:
To champion diversity of thought, cultures, disciplines, ideals, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation and age in order to develop an inclusive Society.
By reaching and involving members who represent a broad spectrum of differences, we will encourage and educate members about the benefits of a diverse profession by providing professional development, knowledge and support to help them succeed in public relations.
By embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion in our organizations, we can transform our organizations, making a more creative and innovative environment.
If you would like to learn more about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, check out this webinar!
Even though all of our organizations strive to develop and support our employees, members, and clients in order to advance our mission or surpass our financial objectives, not all of us achieve this goal. By embracing our differences, through diversity and inclusion, we begin the process of broadening our viewpoints; therefore making a workplace or group setting that is open for free flow of information.
By Pam Fultz, Gulf Coast PRSA Diversity & Inclusion Chair, Community Relations Manager for Vi at Bentley Village
Pam Fultz is the chapter’s first Diversity and Inclusion Chair to learn more about the role and topic in PR attend our upcoming Lunch N’ Learn on Oct 29.