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.

Session 4: Race in the PR Classroom: The HBCU Experience


  • 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

Previous Webinars

Session 3: Race in the PR Classroom: Diversifying PR Faculty | June 25 at 12 pm ET

-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: Race in the PR Classroom: Best Practices, Strategies, and Tools | June 18 at 12pm ET


-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: Race in the PR Classroom: 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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