The Public Relations Society of America is the world’s largest public relations professional organization. The professional organization founded PRSSA in 1968 to cultivate a mutually advantageous relationship between public relations students and professional public relations practitioners. It further aims to foster a student’s understanding of modern theories and procedures, to instill in them a professional attitude, and to encourage them to adhere to the highest ideals of the practice of public relations.
Penn State’s chapter of PRSSA was formed in September of 1997 to help all students, regardless of major, broaden their background and knowledge of public relations and the communications industry. Through hard work and dedication, the founding officers worked with the PRSSA National Committee to organize an official chapter. Penn State received its official charter on March 1, 1998. The chapter’s first induction ceremony of 35 members was held on April 15, 1998.
Within four years of receiving its charter, the diverse Lawrence G. Foster Penn State Chapter of PRSSA grew to become the largest student run organization within the largest College of Communications in the United States.
The Lawrence G. Foster Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Penn State places the highest value on fostering diversity in our organization and in our community.
Following the leadership of the Public Relations Society of America, the Penn State PRSSA Chapter is dedicated to improving the Penn State community by supporting open dialogue, inclusivity, and multiculturalism.
The Chapter welcomes members of all ages, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religious creed, gender, and sexual orientation.