Public relations senior to attend national DEI summit and gala

Mame Fatima Ndiaye

Public relations senior Mame Fatima Ndiaye is the recipient of an all-inclusive scholarship to attend the 2022 Plank Center DEI Summit, held Nov. 2-4 in Chicago.

The Plank Center’s Summit on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an annual forum for practitioners, educators and students to come together and enhance their knowledge of developing strategic DEI programs for the public relations profession.

Ndiaye will attend presentations and panels featuring senior and emerging public relations leaders who are committed to creating and advancing pathways to leadership for diverse professionals in public relations. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain professional insights and network with successful professionals and their peers.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Fatima as a public relations student and in her role as the founder and president of Many2Come. This is a wonderful opportunity that I know she will maximize,” said Kelly C. Gaggin, public relations professor and faculty adviser for Many2Come. “Our department is honored to have such an accomplished and outstanding young woman represent all of us and Newhouse at such a prestigious event for our profession.”

Ndiaye will also attend The Plank Center’s Milestones in Mentoring Gala which honors six influential public relations leaders. Honorees include Corey duBrowa, VP of global communications and public affairs at Google/Alphabet and Brandon Thomas, VP and head of DEI for PAN Communications. Both accomplished professionals dedicate considerable time and talent to the public relations department.

About The Plank Center

The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations is the leading international resource working to support students, educators and practitioners who are passionate about the public relations profession. Founded at The University of Alabama in 2005, the center is named in honor of Betsy Plank, the “First Lady of PR.” Betsy’s legacy and vision continues on in the Center’s programs and initiatives to advance the profession and public relations education. For more information, please visit and follow our social media channels (@PlankCenterPR).