Social Justice Issues in Public Relations

The New Mexico Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NMPRSA) holds its next monthly program on Thursday, Feb. 24 from noon to 1 p.m., with a virtual program titled Social Justice Issues in Public Relations.

How can PR professionals advance social justice? This program will explore what social justice in PR looks like, why it’s important, and how we can connect with our colleagues, communities, and the media to advance equity and justice in storytelling. Join us to share best practices and resources and we navigate the ever-changing.

The panel discussion will feature a discussion between Erica Davis Crump, advocate, activist, community organizer and freelance communications professional, and Shaun Griswold, a reporter with Source New Mexico, moderated by Rachael Maestas, independent practitioner and owner of RM Communications LLC and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions Liaison for NMPRSA.

The program will be held via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is open to NMPRSA members, non-members and students.

What: Social Justice Issues in Public Relations

When: Thursday, Feb. 24, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Zoom

Program cost: free

Registration link:

Registration required. You will be provided with the meeting link and calendar invite upon registering. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m.



Erica Davis Crump
Erica Davis Crump is a mother to two teens, advocate, activist, and community organizer. Her focus is suicide prevention and reproductive health+ justice. She’s co-founder of the New Mexico Black Central Organizing Committee. In 2021 the organization recently helped pass the most expansive and inclusive version of the crown act in New Mexico. Crump has served as the first Black co-chair of the Respect NM Women & Families coalition in expanding abortion access. She’s completed two Ted talks and looks forward to assisting the passage of progressive policies and creating messaging that centers the healing and liberation of the most marginalized.

Shaun Griswold
Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, his ancestry also includes Jemez and Zuni on the maternal side of his family. He grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Most recently he covered Indigenous affairs with New Mexico In Depth. Griswold reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

Rachael Maestas – Moderator

Rachael Maestas is the owner and operator of RM Communications LLC, an Albuquerque-based public relations firm she founded in 2019 that provides customized PR, communications, and digital marketing services across a variety of sectors. Maestas’ experience reflects almost a decade of creating, developing, and supporting media and marketing campaigns in government, economic development, progressive politics, tech startups, and nonprofits. A lifelong New Mexican, Maestas attended The University of New Mexico, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in American Studies.