PRSSA Kent State University
By Brenna Parker
Media diversity and advocacy for marginalized groups was the subject of the PRSSA Kent and JMC Conversation "Breaking Down Barriers." The panel led by Traci Williams, a lecturer in the Department of JMC featured panelists Shanice Dunning, a reporter for Cleveland 19 News and a Kent State graduate; Lorraine Schuchart, founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose; and Amanda Leu, the coordinator for the CCI Office of Academic Diversity Outreach.
PRSSA Kent collaborated with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to continue the conversation of diversity and inclusion. The event touched on the difference between cultural capacity and cultural confidence. Students viewed controversial commercials including Pepsi's commercial featuring Kendall Jenner and discussed the need for storytelling for these minoritized groups.