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Belmont PRSSA Partners With Black Student Association to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

October 24, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2017) On Monday, Aug. 28, Belmont University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter partnered with the Black Student Association (BSA) of Belmont to host an event in honor of PRSA Diversity Month. The event featured guest speaker Kia Jarmon, owner and brand strategist for MEPR, who shared with students the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

Jarmon believes, “It’s important to celebrate diversity on college campuses, in work environments, on corporate and civic boards, and in every interaction that we have, because recognizing and honoring our differences can often showcase that we are better, stronger and a more thriving society when we work together.”

 

Kayla Young, Belmont BSA president, thinks that diversity on campus is important to acknowledge because, “It represents a concerted effort to educate yourself and take full advantage of one of the most important aspects of the college experience: learning about the world around you.”

 

When asked why diversity and inclusion are important in the workplace, Jarmon stated that, “In the current economic and political climate, it is imperative to have representation of a variety of voices and perspectives.”

 

Young added that, “Employees and employers of traditionally non-diverse backgrounds learn from their more diverse peers; people of traditionally diverse backgrounds have more opportunities to work in their field of expertise; and the products and services developed by these diverse and inclusive teams are more capable of attracting a wider, more diverse market of buyers.”

 

Over 85 students from across all disciplines packed the classroom for this event. Some students even listened from the hallway. Students were encouraged to have a voice and discuss and ask questions about diversity. For more on the event, search #BUPRSSADiversity on Twitter for live tweets from the evening.

 

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Contact:

Cayli Allen

Belmont PRSSA President

(570) 396-3779

cayliallen@gmail.com