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Atikh Bana, an Advertising and Public Relations major, was named one of 50 “Most Promising Multicultural Students” by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

Eight advertising professionals from around the country gathered at AAF headquarters in Washington, D.C. last month to make the final selection for the 2015 class of students.

The Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) Program is part of AAF’s initiative to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry. Each year, students from AAF’s 200 college chapters apply for the program, and a group of advertising professionals convene to select a new class of Most Promising students. Selected students participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. Most promising students represent the top of their class and have passionately demonstrated their future success in this industry through internships, leadership activities, community service, innovation and creativity.

“We selected from a pool of some of the most talented and diverse students I’ve come across,” said Christena J. Pyle, Diversity & Inclusion Supervisor with Omnicom Group and 2015 MPMS Judge in an AAF news release. “When you start here, with this caliber of talent, what you end up with is a class of students that could very well change our industry. 2015 is not even ready!”

More information about the MPMS Program and AAF can be found on the AAF web site.

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