Diversity & Equity Resources for Marketing & Communications

BIPOC Mentorship Program for Students & Recent Graduates of Marketing & Communications

The PR Net BIPOC Mentorship Program is a mentorship and career development program led by industry founders and senior executives, to advance BIPOC students and recent graduates in the field of marketing and communications.

The program will offer invaluable mentoring and coaching by leaders in various practice areas, with a view to gain the program participants practical skills to aid their careers and paid employment on completion. The mentors will leverage their connections and make introductions for job positions following the course.

Commencing in April 2021, it is a 12 week program, with one to two hour long weekly sessions between mentors and their mentees. The syllabus will cover topics that prepare mentees for entering the workforce, educate them on current industry conditions and best practices, offer assignments and practical work experience and provide a real world, empirical understanding of how to break into and progress in the industry. 

Participants can select from their preferred specialty areas and will be matched with a suitable mentor. These include a variety of sectors within marketing and communications, such as fashion, beauty, wine and spirits, architecture and design, corporate communications, event planning and experiential marketing, among others.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants must identify as BIPOC and should ideally have either recently graduated (up to 2 years out), or be undertaking their final two years of college or university studies in a field relating to marketing and/or communications. They may also have equivalent work experience in the field.

Confirmed Mentors to Date (more to be announced soon):

April 1 program is now closed, but APPLICATIONS FOR ROUND TWO OPEN NOW. Click here to apply. 

Pro Bono Initiatives to Advance BIPOC-Owned Brands

Walker Drawas

Walker Drawas has launched a new pro bono initiative called The Brand Lab in partnership with renowned design, manufacturing and distribution company, DDA Holdings.

In light of recent social justice and economic issues in 2020, Walker Drawas and DDA aim to support small BIPOC-owned brands by combining their efforts and creating marketing and commercial opportunities for these brands to reach new heights in their businesses at no cost.

The programs services include but are not limited to production, sampling consulting, distribution and sales assistance, as well as 360-degree marketing and press services. Learn more here

ScienceMagic

ScienceMagic.Inc is committed to driving positive change and promoting diversity within the broader community. They are taking immediate and long-term actions, and have formalised commitments through their pledge.

One pillar of this ongoing work is the launch of a pro bono programme to serve and support the wider community, and specifically Black-owned businesses.

Globally, ScienceMagic.Inc will devote 650 hours per year to pro bono work. At least half of this time will be dedicated to Black-owned businesses or individuals. Learn more here

We Are Renn

We Are Renn is an incubator that provides marketing services, mentorship and mindset training to female minority owned start-up businesses in the beauty, health and wellness industries.

It will offer a 12-month program to two businesses within the beauty, health and wellness industries composed of a variety of services including digital marketing, PR and brand partnerships, all with the objective of driving awareness, engagement and sales growth as well as setting the entrepreneurs up with the tools, knowledge and skills they need for continued expansion and success upon completion of the program. Learn more here.

Black-Owned Companies in Marketing & Communications

There have been many useful lists circulating with Black-owned brands and services. One of the initial ideas of The PR Net's Diversity & Inclusion Council was to create a list specific to this community, which will be a living document available on our site. Brands and agencies will be able to locate community-sourced intel on agencies and freelance consultants, plus talent they can hire for events, campaigns and projects.

We welcome contributions from this network on your favorite industry collaborators. Please reach out to info@theprnet.com with suggestions for this section.

PR/Communications

Agencies

Los Angeles:

Simmons PR

Six One Agency

The Communications Bureau

Jenelle Hamilton PR

ARPR

Amalia Consulting

Chicago:

DWilliams PR

New York City:

Powell Mayas

CJC Insights

The Hinton Group

Sandrine Charles Consulting

ESP PR

UFCG

The J.Dot Agency

The Chamber Group

Courtney Creative PR and Consulting

Digital Thread Consulting

New Jersey:

First and Last PR

DC:

Creative Theory Agency

San Francisco:

Pembroke PR

 

Detroit:

Olu & Company

Freelance Consultants  

Kahlil Spurlock

Shari Ajayi

Ericka Regine

Monique Lewis

Iesha Reed

Renae Bluitt

Events/Experiential

Agencies

Beyond 8

Team Epiphany

Crown and Conquer

The Vanity Group

Tinsel Experiential Design

Burrell Communications Group

Spike DDB

Driven Society

19th & Park

 

Freelancers

Karen Francois

Catering

Ghetto Gastro

Joshua Murrell

 

Social Media

The Digital Footprint

Krys of CliqueBait Creative

Brittney at The Idea Girl

Tyeal

Creatives

Photography & Creative Direction

Joshua Kissi

Noemie Marguerite

Mark C

Dario Calmese

Mel D Cole

Equator Production

Stefen Pompee

Slick Creative Group

Gene Tolan

Rell H

Laquann Dawson

Rayon Richards

DP Jolly

Neriah

Kelly Marshall

Hair

Ro Morgan

Lacy Redway

Makeup

Dre Brown

Ashunta Sheriff

Michael Anthony

Mali Magic

Rodney Jon

Alana Wright

Nick Posley

Stylists

New York City:

Jason Rembert

Eric McNeal

Ron Burton

Corey Stokes

Marci Rodgers

Danielle Marshall

Mecca James-Williams

Los Angeles:

Wayman + Micah

CL White

Design & Branding

Michael Weston

Influencers/Digital Creators

Blair Imani

Aysha Harun

Food Heaven

Sweet Potato Soul

Gabi Gregg

Janelle Marie Lloyd

Rajni Jacques

Jerry Harris

Denise Vasi

Kellie Brown

Laurise McMillian

Lisette

Rochelle Johnson

Nana Agyemang

Courtney Quinn

Paola Mathé

Girl With Curves

Shahd Batal

Shiona Turini

Kayla Nicole

Monroe Capri

Simply Cyn

Bria Jones

Team2Moms

Mikayla Shocks

Yaminah Mayo

Tiffany Battle

Marisa Moore

Danielle Gray

Monroe Steele

Sonjdra Deluxe

Michiel Perry

Models

Role Models Management

Contacts for Diverse Recruitment

Are you looking to recruit diverse interns and junior level employees? Below are some contacts at HBCUs and other educational institutions, that will be points of contact:

Howard University

Emily M. Cramer, Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Chair

Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication

Faculty Advisor, PRSSA D. Parke Gibson Chapter

Cathy Hughes School of Communications

emily.cramer@howard.edu

Oakwood University

Dawnette Chambers

Assistant Professor

T (Office) 256.726.7190

dchambers@oakwood.edu

www.oakwood.edu

Jackson State University

Elayne H. Anthony, Ph.D.
Chair, Journalism and Media Studies
T 601-979-2151 
 
Virginia State University
 
Bridgett P. Robertson
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Dept of Mass Communications
T 804.524.6974
E brobertson@vsu.edu

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) 

Phillips McCarty

VP of Advancement, FIT Foundation

philips_mccarty@fitnyc.edu

Bennett College 

Tamara Jeffries

Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies

900 E. Washington St

Greensboro, NC 27401

336-505-8826

tjeffries@Bennett.edu

Organizations to help with diversity recruiting

Internship opportunity from Cornell University

Empower is a student-run organization that connects current Cornell undergraduates with Black-owned businesses to provide pro bono assistance on projects and other workflows 

Apply here: https://forms.gle/CbKSECDwNTWEFhs87

DEI Consulting Services

Nika White Consulting  Contact: anna@nikawhite.com

The Chic Jones Company   Contact: corynne@thechicjonescompany.com

The Virtue Project  Contact: shannon@thevirtueproject.co




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