Diversity & Inclusion Research


The Plank Center serves as a catalyst for other professional organizations, to help identify and bridge gaps, and assist organizations seeking to adopt best-in-class practices in the area of diversity and inclusion. We have a responsibility to foster innovative research for application to the PR profession.

Below is a list of the Center’s diversity and inclusion¬†in public relations research:


Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of The Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.