Affirm is a group of students, alumni, staff and faculty dedicated to ending anti-LGBTQ+ policies and culture at Seattle Pacific University.
We exist to affirm the sanctity of all people by actively working toward a fully inclusive and reconciled community at SPU. We recognize our institutional legacy of harm that silences and oppresses diverse voices, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. We believe change is a community movement, empowered by the Spirit who guides us in love toward a place where all can contribute and flourish.
We commit to centering and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ people at SPU.
We commit to promoting and providing allyship training on campus.
We commit to supporting the lived experience of queer students at SPU
We commit to serving as a hub for communication and coordination for other LGBTQ+ advocacy and inclusion organizations and efforts on campus
We commit to working to dismantle SPU’s discriminatory hiring policies and practices (including but not limited to SPU’s Statement on Human Sexuality and Lifestyle Expectations), and advancing inclusion through dialogue, repentance, protest, discernment, and meaningful action.
We believe our work requires fully embodied engagement—heads, heart and hands.
We believe, unequivocally, that Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, LGBTQ+ lives matter, and that our work must move intersectionally.
We believe that allyship requires deep humility, restorative justice, and is guided by our faith.
We believe in collective work—that empowered coalition involves our students, alumni, faculty and staff with equal voice.
We believe that holding space for one another in this work matters as we build trust in this community with a growth mindset.