Community stands in solidarity with Mizzou

Students gathered in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 to #standwithMizzou.  Allen Baugh, ’18, Imani Prince, ’17, Autumn Parker, ’16, and Nia Burnett, ’17, organized the event in light of the president at the University of Missouri resigning and students of color being threatened. About 45 students attended, dressing in black.

Baugh was pleased with the number of students that came, saying he knew people had previous commitments.

“It wasn’t as big as it could have been, but it was big enough to make a statement,” said Baugh.

Prince said showing support from Allegheny is important in instituting change across college campuses.

“We just want to show our support and bring change to our campus,” said Prince. “It’s a short step away to be as damaging here.”

Connor Racine, ’16, was one of the students in attendance. Racine is president of Queers and Allies, Allegheny Student Government’s director of diversity and inclusion, and he works in the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success. For Racine, solidarity is not only important to his work but also to his personal values.

“I feel like it’s important to show up…to show up for each other, support each other, make an impact together,” said Racine.