safe space


Definition of safe space

: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations … student volunteers put up posters advertising that a "safe space" would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.— Judith Shulevitz Women, sexual assault victims, people of color, transgender students. College campuses have created "safe spaces" for all sorts of marginalized groups.— Catherine Rampell

Examples of safe space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The experiences brought a new sound with a genre-bending take on meditation music, while also creating a safe space for both curious listeners and experienced meditators alike. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 9 May 2022 Svetlana Shaytanova works for Quarteera, a nonprofit organization creating a safe space for members of the Russian-speaking LGBTQ community in Germany. Sarah Baniak, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2022 Ricardo Negrón Almodovar , co-founder of the group Del Ambiente, an organization focused on creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ people, especially in the Latino and Puerto Rican community, said the situation is very unfortunate. Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio,, 11 Feb. 2022 The geographical routes of pain are now transformed into a positive and defining soundtrack for migrant communities in the African diaspora to have a clearer connection to their roots via music as a safe space. Christian Adofo, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 Voices of Children’s art therapy program is designed as a safe space for kids to work through complicated emotions and feel supported. Reece Rogers, Wired, 2 Mar. 2022 Online spaces like Host a Sister, which started in 2019 as a safe space for female travelers to connect and find (or offer free) places to stay, quickly pivoted to a community of women helping refugees. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Gómez, among other community advocates, united local leaders to create an endowment that secured funding to build what many envisioned as safe space for the community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 Through Dope Black Mums, Malone has since worked to create a digital safe space — from a bi-weekly podcast to a private Whatsapp group — for Black women to navigate motherhood together. L'oréal Blackett,, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of safe space

1970, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Safe space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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