Virtual Gallery of Affirmations

The Virtual Gallery of Affirmations is a space for students, staff, faculty and guests to receive messages of inclusion, equity, diversity, justice, belonging, healing and love.

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SEEC Association - 6th Annual Four Cs Reception: Expressive Reflections

Connie Nguyen-Truong

Connies artwork

Mila Truong (daughter of Connie Nguyen-Truong)

ARt and poem

Natalie Marquez

Natalie artwork

Sheila Gray

Shelia poem

Cynthia Cooper and Deepti Singh


Shameem Rakha



Four c art



Historian: A Poem by J. LoSavio


The Office of Equity and Diversity + Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation

Art for Healing, Belonging and Justice

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Haiku from the Four Cs Reception

Like Phoenix Rising

From Chaos, Pain, and Turmoil

We Are Emerging

—Lynne Varner, Shameem Rakha, Nashma Carrera, Narek Daniyelyan, and Pavithra Narayanan

Accessibility Council

Dear VanCougs,

We affirm you and want to do all that we can to ensure your safety, wellness, access and sense of belonging during this time.

We want you to know that you matter and that you are not alone during this time. The WSU Vancouver campus community is here for you.

We want you to reach out to us anytime you feel the need or just want to connect with someone.

Our very best wishes are with you and your loved ones.

Accessibility Council


This is in honor of all the campus staff who have put themselves at risk so that we can continue to teach and support our students.
-WSU Vancouver Anonymous Donor
Mel has worked so hard to make this Vancouver community a wonderful place to be and I am so grateful for his leadership as well as Renny’s and the other folks at WSUV. I have been here for 5 years now, and it is the most comfortable, compassionate, and caring place I have ever worked.
-WSU Vancouver Anonymous Staff Member

Cloud and rainbow raindrop illustration with quote that reads: The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud, by Maya Angelou.

John Barber, Holly Slocum, Greg Philbrook

Say Their Names text and Begin button

"Say Their Names" is a memorial to Black, Hispanic, and Native American individuals killed by police actions, or while in police custody, around the country, 2015 to present.

View and listen to "Say Their Names"

Debra Barnett

Flower bouquet photo and text; Grateful for the beauty our world has to offer to help us through these troubling times

Renny Christopher

"...Staying home, refusing to participate in the spread of the virus–that’s a far cry from our usual conceptions of heroism, which usually involve a lot of action. When I was thirteen, and dreaming about going to space myself, I could not have pictured a future in which a virus shut down the world, and the best and most important thing I could do is just stay in my house. But here we are. We have to believe the science, we have to follow stay home orders and physical distancing advice...we have to fight this pandemic with the only weapons available to most of us right now–patience and compassion."

Continue reading: Apollo 13’s 50th anniversary and the pandemic

Michael Dunn

Word cloud with Affirmation in the center and smaller phrases around it; no-put-downs, positive-environment, self-respect, good-in-others, supportive, positive-tone, genuine, builds-trust, self-esteem, set-the-tone, finding-good, no-put-downs

Michelle Eccles

Cougar tent by library building photo with text; Hang in there, dear students! We look forward to filling our campus again with your awesome presence!

Equity of Student Outcomes Council

The Equity of Student Outcomes Council is in solidarity with historically underrepresented and vulnerable communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed exacerbated levels of structural and systemic forms of oppression that disproportionately impact vulnerable and historically underrepresented communities, including WSU Vancouver students. We see and affirm you. The Equity of Student Outcomes Council recognizes that these structural barriers contribute greatly to disparity in outcomes across student demographics. We are committed to continuing the important and necessary work of building equity infrastructure, eliminating disparity and achieving parity across student demographics during this uncertain time and beyond.

With peace and warmth,
Equity of Student Outcomes Council

Felix Braffith, Elias Cohen, Obie Ford III, Bala Krishnamoorthy, Thabiti Lewis, Colton Lindelof, Miwako Nakamoto, Wendy Olson, Praveen Sekhar, L. Rocío Sotomayor

Kelly Groves

Take some time for yourself each day.

Petals and leaves arranged as a flower

Rosalind Hatch-Pirkl

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart” – Roy T. Bennett

Being Creative brings Joy to my heart. Sending you all some Joy for the Dreams in your heart.

Go Cougs!

Painting of tropical leaves in shades of green, signed by artist

Min Kuang

Hand prints and text; We Stand by U Cougars. Students, staff, faculty, administration.

Bala Krishnamoorthy

Rainbow and cloud with crayons, text; Cougs Rock!; signed -Navya S.K.

Sharon Kruse

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-A.A. Milne from Winnie the Pooh

Miwako Nakamoto

Hand holding two paper cranes with text; Love & Grace

Pavithra Narayanan

The World Rising by Alice Walker. The world rising can put an end to anything: the murder of children, whales, elephants, forest, oceans. 12:40 p.m. November 4, 2020. -P

Leslie New

My pledge to you: I see you. I hear you. I believe you. I will amplify your voice. I stand with you.

Donna Paul

Like a tree
I will go down

Like a tree
I will rise up

Like a tree
I will yield, bend, sway
and yet I will stay

Like a tree
I stand

Shameem Rakha

Colorful chalk drawing with flourishes that reads Be Brave.

Abigail Soto

Jose Vazquez-Bello

I was thinking of the beauty of the tiger in the exterior design to survive across their landscape and in time. One more or one less stripe would apparently make no difference in their roaring; and going further with humans one more scratch with this virus would make no difference in our voices to stand strong. I am attaching an image of this amazing creature, also with more or less stripes.

Black and white zebra photograph

Judith Wait

We can see this "Great Awakening" as a time for transforming the systems of oppression by taking action.

Krista Walker

Stairs facing Mt. Hood corridor with bright sun peaking through clouds

Better Days Ahead

I took this photo in January one crisp morning as I was walking into work. I noticed the sun peaking behind the trees down my favorite corridor and it stopped me in my tracks. I look at this photo and am reminded of how special our campus community is and I fondly remember how I felt that morning. I look forward to the day we can all gather again. GO COUGS!

“When it rains it pours, but soon the sun shines again. Stay positive better days are on their way.” -Unknown

LaRonda Zupp

Colorful illustrations of animals, women and text; Slow down, pause, breathe deeply, be gentle with yourself, be present, compassion for all

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,