The Communicator's Diversity Resource Center

St. Louis PRSA understands every organization is unique and requires customized plans for implementing a successful diversity initiative. We hope that you will be able to refer to this information as you move forward in developing your individual program. The information is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point that will help you design, refine, and successfully communicate your company's diversity strategy. 

Diversity & Inclusion Organizations (Information; training, recruitment, hiring & consulting)

Media and Professional Organizations

Workplace Resources for Diversity & Inclusion

Managing Unconscious Bias: Your Workplace Advantage

This practical and engaging bias reduction program emphasizes how bias – whether conscious or unconscious – interferes with the decision-making processes of even the best leaders and shows the audience exactly what to do about it. 

Free On-Demand Webinar

Are Micro inequities Damaging your Workplace? Transform them with Micro-MAGIC

By Tom Larkin and Jean Marie Johnson

What's in a Micro-Message?

You've done it. And it's been done unto you. You shake a person's hand, but barely make eye contact. You sit in on a colleague's presentation and repeatedly glance down at your watch. You consistently mispronounce an employee's name. You "listen" while pecking away at an instant message. It turns out that these seemingly unrelated acts of disrespect have a name: micro inequities. And their impact goes far deeper than what meets the eye.

Coined by MIT researcher Mary Rowe, PhD, the term has been defined as:

  • subtle slights and snubs that devalue an employee
  • instances of minute, subtle interactions which are perceived as imbalances of human actions, communicating who is in the inner circle and who is not
  • all of the indirect offenses that can demoralize an employee all of the indirect offenses that can demoralize an employee

Good Reads About Cultural Diversity

Suggested Readings from Diversity Awareness Partnership

  1. Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality by Melvin L. Oliver & Thomas M. Shaprio
  2. Color Matters: Skin tone Bas and the Myth of a Post racial America by Kimberly Norwood
  3. Mapping Decline-by Colin Gordon
  4. Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat it by Lisa Bloom
  5. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  6. White Like Me by Tim Wise

Some Readings obtained from the NET

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries Paperback

By Terri Morrison (Author), Wayne A. Conaway (Author)

Your Passport to International Business Etiquette

The most authoritative and comprehensive text of its kind, Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, 2nd Edition is your must-have guide to proper international business protocol. With countries such as China and India taking on a more significant role in the global business landscape, you can't afford not to know the practices, customs, and philosophies of other countries.

The Art of Crossing Cultures, 2nd Edition Paperback

Craig Storti (Author)

Whether in business, education, or diplomacy, anyone can be blindsided by a lack of international experience. In this expanded edition, The Art of Crossing Cultures shows what it takes to encounter a new culture head-on and succeed. Through the writings of the world's greatest thinkers, Craig Storti paints a portrait of the challenges and triumphs of adjusting to another culture.

Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters--Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work

By Meagan Johnson, Larry Johnson

Members of each generation share special signposts: collective experiences that influence our expectations, actions, and mind-sets. They also mold our ideas about company loyalty, work ethic, and the definition of a job well done. And now that five different generations are working together simultaneously--from Traditionals to Generation Y and beyond--it's even more important to understand where everyone's coming from. Written by two generational experts--who happen to be father and daughter--"Generations, Inc."

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

by Scott E Page

In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. "The Difference" is about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. "The Difference" reveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality.

The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed

by Martin N Davidson

Davidson makes the bold claim that millions--maybe billions--of dollars in diversity training are being wasted. He has found a better way: Stop forcing diversity on people as a goal in and of itself, and instead use it strategically, creating business improvement strategies that draw on employees' different strengths.