“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. To this day, I try my best to apply it to my life. If I want to see different results in something I’m not satisfied with, I have to be willing to make the change instead of waiting for someone else to make it for me. Leadership, passion, and courage are key aspects that invigorated my decision to make a positive change to the public relations industry.
For my freshman year of college, I attended Old Dominion University; a school I never quite acclimated to. I couldn’t decide on a major and it just didn’t feel like the right niche for me. The following year I made a decision to transfer to James Madison University, however I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to study for my remaining college years. Although I was happy with my overall transfer and this new environment, the deadline to pick a major was fast approaching.
I remember randomly coming across a study that said the majority of public relations practitioners are women, however less than 10% of the entire public relations industry is black; immediately I knew I wanted to major in PR and try to bring more balance to the industry as a black woman.
Originally, I had no clue what PR was or what the practitioners' duties consisted of. After taking an introductory class, I ended up falling in love with the idea of creating relationships that not only benefit companies, but also benefit their key publics. However, with such a low number of black people in this profession, I feared it may be hard to advocate the idea of diversity and balance within the field.
With such a vast array of cultures, races, languages, and so much more out there, I wanted to make a change by being one more minority added to the profession in hopes of creating more representation, diversity, and inclusion.
Bluestone Communications has taught me valuable lessons, skills, and has overall been an incredible experience for learning what it's like to work as a PR practitioner. I will continue striving for balance within the industry, I hope to inspire other minorities, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!