PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

President Barron Unveils ‘We Are All In’ Campaign To Board Of Trustees

President Barron introduced the “We Are All In” campaign to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on Friday. The year-long effort will focus on diversity and inclusion at Penn State.

“[We Are All In] is focused on what the true meaning of “we are” is,” Barron said, “and regardless of what you think you see, I earned the right to be at Penn State.”

The university will host a We Are All In kickoff event on October 6 at 7:15 p.m. on Old Main Lawn, featuring a multimedia presentation/video projected on the face of Old Main.

An “All In Calendar” is now online, featuring events centered on diversity and inclusion in addition to events from both professionals and student groups showcasing different cultural traditions.

“You wander around this campus, you see someone who’s very different looking than you are,” Barron said, “and what should come to your mind is that individual earned the right to be here because they got good grades and they worked hard and they were admitted to Penn State because that is our admissions process, so regardless of what you think you see when you see me, we earned — I earned — the right to be at Penn State.”

A Student Diversity Panel was held at the Faculty Senate meeting on September 6, and Barron said each faculty senate meeting this year will include a diversity and inclusion segment.

The We Are All In campaign will also include a final capstone project, which will constitute a permanent tribute to our commitment to being all in.

“We have a group led by Marcus Whitehurst and representing groups from across the university to consider a broad set of ideas, many, many ideas on how it is that we pay tribute to our history and reflect our hopes and plans for the future of Penn State,” Barron said, “and I think what they — what they accomplish will have a lasting impact on the university.”

Barron highlighted an example of what a We Are All In capstone might look like, explaining putting words on “some permanent structure” that reflected history and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. “One of the ones that’s got to be there is ‘We play all or we play none,'” Barron said, referring to the story our “We Are” chant is based on.

Trustees responded positively to the campaign plans, commending Barron for enhancing bottom-up leadership from student organizations rather than forcing top-down ideas.

“President Barron, as you know, diversity and inclusion is such an important topic on campus, and I look at this and can’t help but feel excited,” student Trustee Luke Metaxas said. “I think students are going to feel the same way. Thank you for setting such a strong message that this university is committed to unity. I agree with you, I think it absolutely will have a lasting impact, so thank you.”

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

Comments

More by Elissa

Mayor Don Hahn Asks Borough Council To Consider Changes To Proposed Overnight Parking Restrictions

State College Mayor Don Hahn posted on his blog Sunday republishing a letter he sent to Borough Council on August 1 outlining three revisions he’d like them to consider for the proposed overnight parking restrictions.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Beaver Stadium Music Man Declares ‘The Middle’/’Encore’ Remix The New ‘Closer’

Athletics

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson has filed a lawsuit against the university following the termination of his contract in February 2017. Thompson, alongside his wife and associate head coach Rachelle Thompson, was accused by former gymnasts and an assistant coach of creating a hostile team environment. The Thompsons allegedly pressured athletes to compete […]

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Penn State Women’s Soccer Adds Swiss Forward Kim Dubs

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love you to join us.

Mayor Don Hahn Asks Borough Council To Consider Changes To Proposed Overnight Parking Restrictions

State College Mayor Don Hahn posted on his blog Sunday republishing a letter he sent to Borough Council on August 1 outlining three revisions he’d like them to consider for the proposed overnight parking restrictions.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend