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From Safe spaces to brave spaces

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Rachel Quam

on 1 May 2015

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Transcript of From Safe spaces to brave spaces

Idea derived from
Common Rule 2
Don't take things personally.
Common Rule 3
Challenge by choice.
Common Rule 5
No attacks.
Common Rule 1
From Safe spaces to brave spaces
A look at the effectiveness of social justice training within student affairs.
Chapter 8
Common Rule 4
Respect.
A New Way to Frame Dialogue
Around Diversity and Social Justice
Agree to Disagree
Controversy with
Intent versus impact.
Own your intentions and your impact.
"We share the desire for authenticity and see value in the acknowledgment that human beings are imperfect and should not be expected to behave otherwise. However, we have a number of problems with the use of these rules to ground a social justice dialogue. First, they fail to account for another truth we hold about human beings: although we have some choice in how we respond to and express our emotions, we do not have control over which ones we experience at any given time and to what degree. We suggest that the view we can and should demonstrate such control is reflective of patriarchy, whereby emotional restraint—a normatively masculine behavior—is unjustly overvalued," (
From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces
, pg. 145).
"This language acknowledges that intention and impact matter. It also makes clear that the impact of our actions is not always congruent with our intentions and that positive or neutral intentions do not trump negative impact," (
From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces
, pg. 145-146).
Our Goal:
Challenge the participants to question what is keeping them from participating.
Suggest how their lives would be affected if they do not participate. On the other hand, how are the other people affected by non-participants.
"We often ask them what respect looks like: How does someone demonstrate respect for you? Delving into this question can reveal various cultural understandings of the term and mitigate assumptions participants bring with them about what kinds of behaviors are respectful," (
From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces
, pg. 147-148).
One Last Thought!
Is there a difference between a personal attack on an individual and a challenge on personal beliefs or statements?
Background and Case Study
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