Diversity and inclusion are integral to the evolution and growth of the Public Relations Society of America San Diego and Imperial Counties (PRSA SD/IC) chapter and the communications industry at large.
The most obvious contexts of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, country of origin, culture and diversity of thought. However, in a rapidly changing society, diversity continues to evolve and can include class, socioeconomic status, life experiences, learning and working styles, personality types and intellectual traditions and perspectives, in addition to cultural, social, political, religious and other beliefs.
These attributes impact how we approach our work, connect with others and move through the world.
Inclusion, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is defined as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.”
Inclusion is not just about having that “seat at the table,” but also ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and fully considered. Our organization embraces diversity and inclusion and commits to continually working to improve our efforts and behaviors to be more effective diversity and inclusion champions.
Embracing, celebrating, validating and respecting proactive diversity and inclusion leadership is integral to PRSA SD/IC’s DNA. Diversity and inclusion are vital to the success of our profession, our members and the communities in which we live and work. It is essential and is our responsibility as members of PRSA SD/IC to carry this forward.