Amplified Journal and Newsletter

Amplified is the official journal and newsletter of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Washington State Vancouver. Through poetry and prose, the publication amplifies historically underrepresented voices, elevates inclusive spaces of equity, challenges systems of dominance, and promotes healing and love to affirm every human being.

Spring 2020 issue

A word from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion about this issue of Amplified.

This issue of Amplified introduces the WSU Vancouver Virtual Gallery of Affirmations, an initiative established by the Office of Equity and Diversity in partnership with the BaCE Program, Marketing and Communications, and the WSU Vancouver campus community.

During these uncertain and challenging times, the campus community continues to show great resilience and unity. WSU Vancouver stands with all vulnerable groups and underrepresented communities contending with exacerbated levels of bias, targeting and inequities in the face of this crisis, including African American/Black, Asian/Asian American, and Hispanic/Latinx populations. The Virtual Gallery of Affirmations is a brave and safe space for students, staff, faculty and campus partners to receive messages that validate their lived experience, combat oppression and center equity, diversity and inclusion.

The virtual gallery is particularly significant because it is a holding space that presents art, messages, letters and poems of affirmation created by campus members for the campus community and fellow human beings both near and far. Accordingly, the virtual gallery amplifies voices of the campus community and magnifies WSU Vancouver’s intentional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. These values are explicit in each affirmation through themes of solidarity, empathy, healing, safety, justice, empowerment and love, to name a few.

Whether online or in-person, WSU Vancouver is more than a campus; it is a campus community. The Virtual Gallery of Affirmations assures all campus members, including all individuals from historically underrepresented communities that they are recognized, valued, supported, welcomed and appreciated at WSU Vancouver not in spite of their multiple social identities and experiences, but because of them. As a culturally responsive and equity-minded resource, the virtual gallery reinforces that you matter and endorses that you belong at WSU Vancouver. As the campus community moves through this time together, I encourage you to receive affirmation, support and uplift by visiting the WSU Vancouver Virtual Gallery of Affirmations.

Remember love,

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Obie Ford III

Submit your affirmation

The Virtual Gallery of Affirmations is an ongoing project. WSU Vancouver students, faculty, staff, campus partners and neighbors are welcomed to submit works of affirmation (letters, messages, art, poetry, etc.) to appear in the virtual gallery. Send to Obie Ford III, and Brenda Alling,