We wanted to take a moment and address current events around racial injustice and the need for police reform here in the United States. We know at times it’s hard to separate from these things, especially now that many of us are working from home, watching more news and getting more notifications.
The current events in our country and around the world are just the most recent reminder that we all experience the world in very different ways. As such, PSU Boston wanted to be very clear that we are standing with the black community and our current students and alumni fighting against injustice and racism.
The Penn State Alumni Association is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive membership, one where all identities, experiences, and backgrounds come together to create a strong and welcoming alumni community representative of the Penn Staters it proudly serves. Coach James Franklin expressed it perfectly when he said , "Our country is at a critical point, and it's imperative when the road is bumpy, the path convoluted, the reality heartbreaking, we remember who and what We Are."
We Are a community that lives the creed in the alma mater “may no act of ours bring shame.”
We Are a community that stands up with and for each other in the face of adversity.
We Are a community committed to making a positive impact on the world.
PSU Boston will continue to support the black community, and our students and alumni fighting against injustice and racism. We also wish to acknowledge and thank those members of our community who do this work every day and who have emerged as leaders as we continue to advocate for systemic change across the United States.
On behalf of the entire board, you can expect us to bring these words to action in the coming days, weeks and months ahead through our programming and communications.
In honor of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McClain and the countless others who have been taken too soon.