What is “All In?”
What is the diversity “All In” effort?
An ongoing commitment to spotlight the importance of diversity at Penn State, demonstrate the University’s commitment to inclusivity and inspire all members of the community to take an active role in promoting respect and embracing diversity.
Penn State has a strong, storied history of diversity, inclusion, breaking barriers, pushing boundaries and standing together. “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” is a call for every member of our University community to build on those efforts by playing an active role in creating a climate of acceptance and inclusion. It is a call for students, faculty and staff to help Penn State continually evolve.
Watch the kickoff event for Penn State’s All In initiative, and listen as students, faculty and university leaders share their vision for an ever more open and inclusive Penn State.
What are the goals of the campaign? What is Penn State doing to back up the message of diversity and inclusion?
“All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” will not only raise awareness about the importance of diversity and equity in the Penn State community, it will continue to foster a safe and open-minded environment that is respectful of everyone regardless of their backgrounds. In doing so, we all will be learning from each other, especially students who continue to raise the importance of having a diverse and inclusive University.
Everyone has a role to play. By being part of this effort to come together and energize the community, you can make a difference.
Every week there are numerous opportunities to forge new ties and to participate in Penn State’s ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion. Visit Penn State’s All In events calendar to find out what’s happening near you!
Who started this initiative?
This initiative came from a core group of students who wanted the community to recognize the importance of having a diverse and inclusive University. Initially, the focus was on creating a video about diversity. After conversations with these students, President Eric Barron and other administrators embraced the idea, which has expanded beyond the initial video. Students are actively involved in the development of elements of this initiative and to bringing it to life. It is rewarding to see a great idea like this come to fruition in a way that includes the entire University, including all the campuses.
What do you mean by “diversity?”
Diversity, of course, means all of the ways we differ. Some of these differences we are born with and cannot change, but anything that makes us unique is part of the definition of diversity. However, diversity should not occur without inclusion.
Focusing on both diversity and inclusion means that we are committed to not only creating a safe and welcoming environment, but also one that is richer for all of us.
Share your thoughts
Penn State has been a long-time leader in promoting a rich, inclusive experience for students, faculty and staff from all walks of life. Learn more about Penn State’s decades-long, strategic focus on diversity, and fill out this form to share anonymous suggestions and feedback with university leadership about the ways in which Penn State can continue to grow as an inclusive community.
How diverse is Penn State?
Penn State is a very diverse university. Based on the most recent semester for which final data are available (fall 2015), there were 8,477 minority students out of total enrollment of 46,848 at University Park. International students numbered 6,966. There are more than 1,100 student clubs at University Park for students with every interest, background, academic pursuit or social focus. Our faculty and staff at all the campuses pride themselves on creating a welcoming environment for all students. At Penn State’s other campuses, minority students number 8,065, and international students number 1,864. (Fall 2015)
The University recognizes the value of having a diverse faculty and staff as well, and has been taking steps to attract a diversity of people from a wide range of backgrounds to all of its campuses.
Find your own way of saying you’re All In! The All In logo and other elements you can use with your social posts are available here.
You say this will build on Penn State’s past efforts. Can you give a few examples?
There are many, to state just a few:
- Penn State is one of the first universities to approach diversity goals using a strategic planning process, and one of the few universities to engage in regular comprehensive progress reviews and the only university that publishes its findings publicly online.
- For four years in a row, Penn State has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- The magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked Penn State as one of the Top 100 Degree Producers for undergraduate African-Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics in 2015.
- In August 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the Office of Engineering Diversity in Penn State’s College of Engineering a five-year, $1.7 million grant for programs designed to increase the retention rate of racially underrepresented and first-generation engineering students at four Penn State campuses.
- World Campus also has been designated as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which publishes GI Jobs and other military-focused publications.
- The University released a new Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, as a public affirmation of its ongoing commitment to foster an environment of inclusion and diversity, and provides individual units, University wide, with clear goals.
- The University has been recognized for its commitment to LGBTQ equality, including named among the top 30 schools in the nation in the 2016 Campus Pride Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning-Friendly Campus Climate Index. In 2015, Penn State became the first university in Pennsylvania to sign the “Pennsylvania Competes” pledge, which urges the state to pass legislation updating the Human Resources Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
In what areas is more work needed?
There can always be more done in this area — including across our nation and the world.
Based on anecdotal feedback, focus groups and internals surveys, we are launching this initiative aligned with input from students, faculty and staff to include education and awareness efforts, along with public discussions focused on diversity and inclusion.
By leveraging the voices and thoughts from many, together as a committed community, we hope to put the concept of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection—where ideas, backgrounds and perspectives from anyone can be captured for the benefit of everyone.
We will continue to assertively incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our research, teaching, learning, outreach, assessment, operations, and decision-making, and equip Penn State leaders, faculty, and staff with the tools to foster diversity, measure results, be accountable, and further institutionalize a culture of inclusion.
Start Your Own Conversation
Penn State’s all-in website has the resources members of the community will need to begin their own conversations about diversity and inclusion, and what we can do as a community to constantly improve. Visit http://allin.psu.edu/ to find discussion questions and a list of facilitators to get started!
What can I do if I experience or witness a case of intimidation or harassment?
To report an act of bias or to get more information about what you can do, go to: http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias.