By Cherae Hunt |Asst. News Editor|
Is there a place at CSUSB where students can come together and can speak their own mind about controversies?
Apparently not, but other colleges are creating “safe spaces” where students can come together to speak their mind about differences on and off campus.
“Feminism is largely responsible for introducing safe space into our cultural vernacular as a means of fostering open, productive dialogue,” according to Roxane Gay, a contributing op-ed writer for the The New York Times in an editorial.
Soon a safe space could be beneficial to students and faculty at CSUSB; but there has to be guidelines put into practices that create an environment where people feel safe to speak openly.
“In the late 1980s, queer groups began safe space programs that have since flourished on college campuses,” stated Gay.
“When a faculty member puts the safe space symbol on her door, L.G.B.T. students know they have a place on campus where they will not be judged or persecuted for their sexuality or gender identity,” added Gay.
Yes, it could give people an outlet to express what they believe is wrong in the community, but when is such speech going too far?
“During a demonstration at California’s Claremont McKenna College, students silenced and embarrassed an Asian student who suggested that people should be viewed as individuals, and yes, even black people can be racist,” according to an article by Michael Dorstewiz for BizPac Review.
Would I be able to express my personal fears, hopes and dreams in a safe space without backlash?
I think not.
“This could go very wrong very quickly in my opinion. All it takes is one person to get offended then all hell can break loose,” said student Daniella Pena.
We are all college students and should be mature, but there is always a student who ruins valuable opportunity for everyone.
What if a student takes something offensively, and issues discussed become personal?
A fight may occur as a result of a possible misunderstanding.
However, there is good in it.
There can be discussions about real issues, not only what is happening on campus, but what is occurring nationwide.
Faculty can also express the frustrations they are experiencing.
“I think this might actually be a good idea. Having a place where students can express their issues on campus and the community may help get things actually done,” said student Jason Whitter.
The safe space is supposed to allow anyone to speak openly.
Regardless, boundaries should be established so that it can be a welcoming place for all people on campus.
There are numerous benefits to constructing a safe space, ultimately however, I think it can be problematic.