Penn State community to be 'All In' Oct. 6

October 05, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —A team from the School of Theatre, along with support from the Nittany Lion, performed during a pop-up event over the lunch hour Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus to help roll out "All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion."

The official kick-off event for the initiative will take place at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, on the lawn of Old Main at University Park, with a livestream at: The event will feature a 3-D, first-of-its-kind at Penn State multi-media presentation. It will highlight Penn State’s history, reflect on ways the University can foster dialogue and respect, and ask individuals “Are you all in?”

All In-Tap Dancer

Dario Natarelli, a theatre student at Penn State, performed a tap dance to Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech at the 'All In-Pop Up' event held Oct. 5 at the Hub-Robeson Center.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell

The question is meant to inspire action by community members to impact the world in positive and enduring ways through the creation of a welcoming and accepting environment.

The event will be shared on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. Community members watching from Old Main lawn can use an official Snapchat geofilter. Students, faculty and staff everywhere can participate using the hashtag #WeAre and the graphic images designed for the initiative.

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of who we are as a university,” Barron said. “This initiative is encouraging all members of the community to reflect on that and ‘Be who you are. Together.’ By learning from and celebrating what each of us brings to the community, we will be a stronger university. I know that I learn from students, faculty and staff every day, by hearing their ideas and gaining insights from their perspectives.”

Barron said the “All In” initiative had its start in listening to students about the need to continue to build supportive, welcoming learning environments that make all of our students, faculty and staff feel a part of Penn State.

“I encourage all members of the broader Penn State community to be a part of this,” he said.

  • All In buttons

    All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is bringing students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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