Cheers erupted at Penn State Abington and at least one student held back tears last night at the launch event for All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.
The audience agreed before the live stream that All In was a positive program, but at Abington these values have long been woven into the culture. Abington College is a majority minority campus and the most diverse within Penn State.
"We've always been 'All In,' " senior Nikita Arnett said.
They watched Penn State President Eric Barron pepper his remarks with phrases such as "We Are diverse, We Are inclusive, ... ." But what prompted the roar of approval at Abington?
"We Are Black Lives Matter," Barron said.
Hearing the leader of her University utter those words momentarily overwhelmed Arnett. She bit her lip and pressed her hand to her heart as she tried to describe the feeling.
"It was so nice to hear that acknowledgement of Black Lives Matter," the psychological and social sciences major said. "It made me feel emotional to hear it from Dr. Barron. It reinforces that I am doing good work"
Her friend Morgan Kelly said, "I've never been so proud to be a Penn Stater."