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GVSU PRSSA Discusses Diversity in Student Organizations at University Teach-In

November 13, 2018


ALLENDALE, Mich. (Nov. 13, 2018) — Grand Valley State University’s PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Faculty Adviser Dr. Adrienne Wallace, and Chapter President Trevor Bryan, recently spoke at the sixth annual Teach-In. The event took place at Grand Valley State University on Thursday, Nov. 8. Wallace and Bryan discussed “Intentional Inclusion: How to Improve Your Student Organization’s Efforts for Inclusion.”

The annual Teach-In is a two-day event intended for mutually beneficial education among the GVSU student, faculty and staff communities. It addresses topics related to inequality and systems of oppression as well as social justice and liberation.

The GVSU Chapter president shared, “Our Chapter’s Diversity Initiative began in response to a member expressing concerns about representation within our Executive Board. It's important for us to host conversations of diversity and inclusion because we owe it to our members to be socially responsible, and we owe it to the public relations industry which greatly lacks in diversity.”

As a result, the session aimed to shed light on diversity and inclusion by first explaining how the terms are different while going on to show how they work together symbiotically. Wallace and Bryan discussed what the idea of “intentional inclusion” is and how those in attendance can incorporate this philosophy into their own student-led organizations and planning.

“Student-driven initiatives are at the heart of GVPRSSA,” Wallace began. “When Trevor saw an opportunity to bridge a gap, he took it. That is both brave and inspiring. Diversity enhances innovation and creativity in teams; it only makes sense to introduce these concepts to students before they graduate in order to ensure better inclusionary culture in the field of PR,” Wallace added.

The presenters used initiatives and examples from within PRSSA to demonstrate their topic, and brainstormed with participants for more ideas of intentional inclusion. “We participated in the Teach-In to educate and promote the value of intentional inclusion within our organization and the campus,” said Bryan.

For more information on the Teach-In, visit www.gvsu.edu/teach-in/.



The Grand Valley Chapter of PRSSA was founded in the 1990s as a pre-professional organization preparing students for their future careers in the public relations industry through speakers, workshops, agency tours, PRSSA national events and the opportunity to work with real clients through involvement in the Student-run Firm, GrandPR.


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