Roundtable on the State of the Advertising Industry: Equity and Inclusion Matters, Part I

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Summer 2020


Advertising Educational Foundation

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Advertising & Society Quarterly

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DOI: 10.1353/asr.2020.0016


On May 11, 2020, a panel of academics and industry leaders came together to discuss the state of equity and inclusion in the advertising industry. In Part I of this roundtable, participants discuss many topics: definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion; implicit versus unconscious bias; microaggressions; the impact of equity, inclusion, and bias issues on the industry and consumers; how and why problematic ads appear; how consumers respond to problematic ads in a world made highly connected through social media; the importance of teaching students about structural problems in society and the advertising industry across all classes in an academic program; why images used to represent people in advertising matter; the role of chief creative officers and chief strategy officers in equity and inclusion efforts; and the place of chief diversity and inclusion officers in the workplace as well as their contributions to the industry's success.


Advertising & Society Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2020). DOI.