Diversity Program Highlights



Ofield Dukes Diversity Healthcare Roundtable (Nov. 1, 2017)

PRSA Detroit’s Diversity Committee hosted a roundtable focused on meeting the needs of the unique audiences within the health care sphere. Moderated by Lee Thomas, anchor and entertainment reporter for WJBK FOX 2 News, panelists included communications representatives from the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS), the American Heart Association, Beaumont Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Henry Ford Health System. More than sixty PRSA members, professionals and students attended the event for expert advice about meeting health care’s particular challenges and opportunities and building a diverse communications team.

Speed Networking event with NBPRS (May 23, 2017)

PRSA Detroit co-hosted this casual social event with the National Black Public Relations Society Detroit Chapter at Griot Music Lounge so members of both organizations could widen their professional networks.


Ofield Dukes Diversity Media Roundtable (Nov. 2, 2016)

PRSA Detroit hosted a media roundtable moderated by Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst and area head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University. Sixty PRSA Detroit members and professionals and 30 PRSSA members from Wayne State University attended the event, which featured presenters from the Arab American News, BLAC Detroit Magazine, the Chaldean News, and El Central. The roundtable discussion highlighted:

  • How public relations professionals can tailor their pitches to meet the needs and pique the interest of metro Detroit’s diverse communities
  • How to expand your audience, broaden your professional network and learn from your colleagues








Connecting with the LGBT Community (June 28, 2016)

PRSA Detroit teamed with Affirmations, a community center serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) populations, Between the Lines, Michigan’s weekly LGBT community newspaper, and Equality Michigan, Michigan’s only statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization working primarily for the LGBT community to share insight on:

  • The LGBT consumer
  • The community landscape and its evolution
  • Hot button issues
  • The political landscape
  • Why this audience is important to communications professionals
  • How to effectively communicate to and develop relationships with the community and the media









Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit | Fourth Annual (Oct. 22, 2015)

PRSA Detroit’s community convened at Wayne State University to explore how professionals can recognize and overcome inherent bias in communications and hiring. The summit, which was sponsored by General Motors and the Wayne State University Department of Education, offered attendees the opportunity to:

  • Learn what inherent bias is and how to identify it in themselves and their communications
  • Hear legal, diversity and community leaders speak on the value of overcoming inherent bias in your communications and interpersonal relationships
  • Learn ways to overcome inherent bias in PR and personal communications and hiring practices for more authentic and effective outcomes

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Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit | Third Annual (Oct. 23, 2014)

More than 100 public relations practitioners, scholars and students gathered at Wayne State University to explore communicating and working with cross-generations. The third annual Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit – sponsored by PRSA Detroit, General Motors and the Wayne State University Department of Communication – offered an engaging setting for attendees to:

  • Learn how boomers and millennials can work successfully together – what they’re teaching each other in the PR work environment.
  • Learn how to encourage cooperative working relationships in the PR work environment for maximum efficiency, collegiality and project success.
  • Learn how to work with cross-generations to successfully target messages and attract audiences.
  • Hear about successful a local PR campaign targeting millennials.
  • Participate in dialogue with media about reaching cross-generational audiences and preparing cross-generational content.









Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit | Second Annual (May 15, 2013)

More than 85 public relations practitioners, scholars and students gathered at Wayne State University on May 15 to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the inherent ethnic and cultural diversity of southeast Michigan, and the links between public relations, diversity, social responsibility and ethics.

The second annual Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit – sponsored by PRSA Detroit, General Motors and the Wayne State University Department of Communication – serves as a tribute to Ofield Dukes, APR, Fellow PRSA, a trailblazing champion of diversity and social responsibility who died in 2011.

For more on the Summit, check out the article in the 2013 Summer Bulletin.








Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit (Feb. 16, 2012)

Over 120 public relations students and professionals gathered in Detroit for the first-ever Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit, presented by PRSA Detroit, General Motors and The Wayne State Department of Communication in honor of the late Ofield Dukes, APR, Fellow PRSA – a distinguished PR professional, educator and journalist.

The program sought to redefine “diversity” beyond race and ethnicity and explore its meanings for the public relations profession; examine the role of diversity within the profession, publics and the process; and offer strategies and tactics for communicating with diverse audiences

Diversity Deep Dive: Connecting with the LGBT Community & Media (June 27, 2012)

During National Gay & Lesbian Pride Month, PRSA teamed up with Jan Stevenson, co-publisher of Between The Lines and Antonio David Garcia, Executive Director at Affirmations for an in-depth look at: who the LGBT consumer is, why they’re important to public relations professionals and how to effectively communicate and develop relationships with the LGBT media and community resources.

Here are a few photos from the event: