PRSSA sponsors diversity event

One of FAMU’s student organizations will help bring diversity to campus.

From March 4 to March 6, FAMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will host the “Successful PR in a Diverse Society” conference.

The event is filled with plenty of events to learn about diversity in a fun environment.

Corporations such as Foot Locker and IBM will offer advice and answer questions. Students will have a chance to attend informative workshops and enjoy food, music and fun.

LaRae Donnellan, PRSSA’s faculty adviser, said she believes the conference will offer students great speakers that will discuss diversity.

The invited speakers, including former Miss America Erika Dunlap, will make appearances throughout the conference to offer tips on how to communicate effectively.

Alana Hill, PRSSA conference chair, said she believes the conference will offer a different experience to students.

“Students will have a chance to experience diverse culture,” said the 21 year-old public relations student from Miami. “They will be provided with history of the University through campus tours and the Black Archives. It will definitely be an experience.”

Tyre Sperling, PRSSA conference co-chair, said students in attendance will not only learn about diversity but they may also open the doors to opportunity. He said students will have a chance to network with professionals from corporate and non-profit agencies.

Sperling said students will also be able to develop contacts with their peers and some may even walk away with a job.

“Students will have the opportunity to meet with professionals for jobs and internships,” said Sperling, a senior public relations student from Los Angeles. “These professionals are not coming to just talk to students but recruit potential employees.”

Students from Georgia, Alabama and Florida are expected to be in attendance.

According to the PRSSA Web site,, conference attendees will be tapping into valuable resources through the variety of events that will take place.

According to the Web site, helping to improve communication skills and interaction ability are only some of the topics that this organization likes to address.

Although this conference comes to Tallahassee right before Spring Break, Hill said she believes it is important.

Hill said there are issues within various markets that need to be addressed such as gender, sexual preference and race.

By attending the conference, Hill said she feels it will provide students with advice that will help them become successful.

For More InformationThe cost of the conference for FAMU students is $15 if registered by Feb. 18. The cost thereafter will be $20. Registration forms are now available in 425 Tucker Hall. Deadline for registration is Wednesday by 5 p.m. All are invited. For more information contact Danielle Lewis via e-mail, or refer to for more information.

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