The Institute for Public Relations and PRSA Educators Academy are co-hosting a monthly discussion for educators focused on race in the PR classroom. The series will address the current state of PR education—from understanding the pervasive issues of race in higher education, to learning the best practices, strategies, and tools for addressing race in the PR classroom, and looking long term, regarding how to create systemic change, particularly creating a more diverse PR faculty and more diverse pipelines of practitioners.

The focus of this series is to Listen—Learn—Create Action for Change. The goal is to identify action steps that PR faculty can take to better embed race in the PR curriculum and help students. Professors will lead these three open forums. We hope this will be a safe space for an open discussion and sharing with a chance to interact with one another. Sessions will be available for playback.

Upcoming Session |Session 12: Looking Back and Ahead | May 20 

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Previous Webinars

Session 11: Supporting AAPI Students and Faculty | April 15, 2021


Document: Combating AAPI Racism in the Age of COVID

This student anti-racism campaign aims to counter targeted violence and terrorism as well as empower a sense of community connectedness through first-person perspectives and experiences. Students designed theory-based interventions through providing resources on race-motivated hate crimes, encouraging people to share their stories, and developing an online game in collaboration with the computer science department to facilitate perspective taking.  
We encourage you to check out our website, follow our social media, play the online perspective taking game, share your stories, take a pledge, and share the campaign with others! 

Session 10: Incorporating “Diverse Voices” | March 18, 2021

Session 9: Navigation the Agency | February 18, 2021

Session 8: Linking the Past to the Present | January 21, 2021


Session 7: Professionals Teaching in the Classroom | November 19, 2020


  • Erica Southerland, Ph.D., APR, Lecturer, Georgetown University & Director of Communications, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

  • Gineen Cargo, Wells Fargo Endowed Chair & Adjunct PR Professor,  North Carolina Central University & Founder, Cargo & Co.

  • Vanessa Copeland, M.S., Adjunct Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University & Public Information Officer, Virginia Dept of Fire Programs

  • Vanessa Wakeman, Founder & CEO, The Wakeman Agency

Special Edition: Race in the PR Classroom | October 22

All Together Now: Teaching Effective Diversity & Inclusion Principles and Strategies 

Diversity GIFTs Shared Via Virtual Roundtables/Poster Session

Resources Shared: 

Session 6: Confronting Bias in the Classroom | September 17


  • Monique Farmer, APR, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska

  • Minjeong Kang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Relations, Indiana University

  • Nilanjana Bardhan, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Resource Shared in Session 4: Session 6: Confronting Bias in the Classroom

Session 5: The Student Experience | August 20


  • Haniya Shariff, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, PRSSA; Intern, Sisu Global; and Temple University Alumni

  • Tamarra Thal, Communications Assistant, Diversity Action Alliance; Corporate Intern, BCW Global, and University of Florida Alumni

  • Aly Brandon, PR & Digital Media Associate, Wundher and University of Memphis Student

Session 4: The HBCU Experience | July 23


  • Candace Parrish, Ph.D., Director & Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart (Conn.) Strategic Communication & Public Relations Master’s Program Online
  • Tia Tyree, Ph.D., Professor & Interim Associate Dean, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University
  • Calvin Hall, Ph.D., Department Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, North Carolina Central University

Resource Shared in Session 4: HBCU Experience – The Book: A Collection of Essays Celebrating the Black College Experience by Dr. Tia Tyree

Session 3: Diversifying PR Faculty | June 25


  • Rochelle Ford, Ph.D., APR, Dean and Professor, School of Communications, Elon University
  • Damion Waymer, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair of Advertising and Public Relations, The University of Alabama
  • Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, Professor and Dean, College of Communications
    California State University, Fullerton

Resources Shared in Session 3 (PDF): IPR RITC Session 3 Resources

Session 2: Best Practices, Strategies, and Tools | June 18


-Stephanie Mahin, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Corporate Communication, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
-Nneka Logan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Virginia Tech University
-Natalie Asorey, Lecturer, Public Relations & Social Media, University of Florida

Resources Shared in Session 2 (PDF): Resource List – IPR RITC 2

Session 1: Pervasive Issues in PR Education | June 11


– David Brown, Diversity Advisor to the Office of the Dean, Temple University
– Neil Foote, President & CEO, Foote Communications, & President, National Black PR Society
– Natalie T. J. Tindall, Ph.D., Department Chair, Associate Professor, Lamar University

Resources Shared in Session 1 (PDF): Resource List – IPR RITC 1

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