Gina Florio
April 19, 2016 3:51 pm

Tinder has showed up to support Shannon Workman, a junior at University of Nebraska Omaha, in a huge way. Earlier this month, Shannon was unceremoniously kicked out of her sorority Chi Omega simply because she wore a shirt in her Tinder profile picture that had the sorority’s Greek letters on it.

After Shannon created her Tinder profile wearing a shirt that says “Sweet Home Chi Omega,” the executive board of the sorority called in Shannon for a meeting, in which they told her she violated the “Human Dignity” rule. They told her “they don’t think that Chi Omega should be involved with that site.” Upon hearing she was being placed through the “membership revocation” process, Shannon told them she was never going to come back to their sorority, anyway.

Tinder has stepped in, though, and it’s making everyone’s head turn. They’ve offered Shannon a full-year scholarship and a paid internship at Tinder. CEO Sean Rad spoke to Buzzfeed News and said, “We think what Shannon did sends a very empowering message to young women and college students, which is actually one of Tinder’s largest audiences. Don’t conform, don’t let people tell you your beliefs are wrong just because it’s not the same as their beliefs.”

Apparently, this is the first time Tinder has ever reached out to someone who has inspired them in this way, so it’s big news. Shannon was understandably surprised at the offer, and said, “I think it’s absolutely amazing. I do stand up for Tinder because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. Some people use it for hookups but I don’t, and a lot of great things happen through Tinder.”

Her mother wholeheartedly agrees and posted this on Facebook to show support.

But the support doesn’t stop there. Shannon’s sister chimed in too on the issue, saying, “We need to STOP policing what young women wear. We need to STOP shaming young women for engaging in perfectly healthy online behavior.” Amen to that, sister.

Sounds like Shannon has a lot of good stuff lined up for her in the near future, and she’s got a lot of people behind her along the way, regardless of what her prior sorority sisters may think.

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