New DEI Advocates Selected in February

February DEI Advocates: Vicki Denson and Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde

SPOKANE, Washington – The Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing approved two new applicants to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advocate Program. DEI advocates must be a College of Nursing student, staff or faculty member who has completed 10 or more hours of education related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a minimum of one activity dedicated to Diversity, Equity or Inclusion at WSU within the past two years.

The following applicants were approved as DEI Advocates: 

Our newest DEI advocate and Vancouver, WA clinical assistant professor, Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde, was instrumental in planning a DEI event for the virtual screening of the ‘AFTERSHOCK’ documentary and participated as a co-panelist during the discussion of racial inequities in maternal health outcomes with special guest and co-panelist Stephaine Courtney, The Learning Project Network, and Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, WSU Vancouver Associate Professor, moderator and co-panelist.

Vicki Denson, also a Vancouver faculty member, recently published research looking at the use of interpreters in safety-net clinics. Denson volunteers at a safety-net clinic and sees a lack of interpreters and training for interpreters. She also volunteers at New Heights Clinic in Vancouver, WA and aids the underserved, uninsured populations of Clark County. Most recently, Denson became an adhoc member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee for the Nurse Educators in Washington State (CNEWS).

Future applicants can apply at

Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN, PMGT-BC, Associate Professor
Washington State University College of Nursing