2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summit


After a very successful first Summit in Oct. 2018, the Plank Center’s second Summit on Diversity & Inclusion in Public Relations will be held Nov. 8, 2019, in Chicago in conjunction with the Center’s Milestones in Mentorship Gala. The Summit will showcase cutting-edge research, highlight organizations who are moving the D&I needle, and feature individuals who have overcome D&I challenges. Public relations and communication professionals, educators and students will gain actionable insights to implement within their own organizations.

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Where: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Agenda: View and download the Summit agenda (PDF)

Reserve your seat

Group Rates (groups of two or more)
Professionals: $75 each
Educators: $60 each
Students: $45 each

Single Tickets
Professionals: $100
Educators: $75
Students: $50

If you or your organization is interested in event sponsorship opportunities, this link details the various levels.

Payment Options

  • Request an invoice and/or a W-9
    Email Jessika White at jnwhite@apr.ua.edu
  • Pay by credit card
    Use this secure link to pay by credit card
  • Pay by check
    Mail your check payable to “The University of Alabama” to this address: 
    The Plank Center
    Box 870172, The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Scholarship Recipients: The Plank Center has awarded eight diverse public relations students scholarships to attend the Plank Center’s Summit and Milestones in Mentoring Gala. Each scholarship will include air travel to/from Chicago, one night’s stay (Nov. 7) at the Union League Club, one ticket to the Gala and one ticket to The Plank Summit, totaling an estimated $1,800. The scholarship recipients are:


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