Diversity Day at LSU embraces differences, raises awareness

Diversity Day at LSU embraces differences, raises awareness
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:22am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:24am

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at LSU will host Diversity Day on Tuesday, Feb. 18 on the LSU campus. The event will raise awareness about individual diversity for LSU students.

“Diversity isn’t just about what you see on the outside of a person,” said Dr. Jensen Moore, faculty adviser for PRSSA at LSU. “We want Diversity Day to make students aware that diversity simply means differences. PRSSA at LSU wants them to think about what makes them different from other students.”

Students will have the opportunity to make T-shirts in Free Speech Alley from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The shirts will state “I Am” on the front and participants will write what makes them diverse or different on the back. Members of PRSSA at LSU and its student-run firm, ImPRint Communications, will supervise the T-shirt making and will encourage students to wear their T-shirts to a diversity panel that night.

“PRSA principles stress welcoming people of different backgrounds so that the public relations field will become more diverse and we as professionals are better equipped to understand the different needs a client may have,” said De’Andra Roberts, PRSSA at LSU Chapter treasurer and diversity committee director. “These are things our service and diversity committees kept in mind when planning this event.

Following T-shirt making in LSU’s Free Speech Alley, a diversity panel will be held between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building. Manship School of Mass Communication assistant professor Josh Grimm will be moderating a panel of six representatives from The Girl Gang, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club, African American Cultural Center, Spectrum, Muslim Student Association and LSU Disability Services. These representatives will discuss how despite having different beliefs on feminism, disabilities, race, sex and religion, they can still work together to better the LSU student body.

“Diversity is so incredibly important to any organization. People of different backgrounds and situations have different and unique ideas that must be heard,” said Ashley Monaghan, freshman mass communication major and founder of The Girl Gang Louisiana. The Girl Gang’s mission is to help young professional women reach their full potential by providing a community and workshops or seminars on topics pertaining to them.

PRSSA at LSU has received notable awards for its continued dedication toward spreading diversity awareness. The organization won the PRSSA Dr. F. H. Teahan Chapter Diversity Award at the 2013 PRSSA National Conference, as well as the Love Purple, Live Gold Award for Most Outstanding Multicultural/Diversity Program from LSU Campus Life in 2013.

PRSSA at LSU is a pre-professional organization that allows members to network and gain insight from leading professionals around Louisiana. It is one of more than 300 chapters of PRSSA National. For more information about the organization, visit www.prssalsu.com. 

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