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 scene would be low-key and understated, a safe space interspersed with actors who could fake being surprised. Anne Cohen,, "Andrew Garfield Is The Prince Of (Naked) Pranks In Gia Coppola’s Twisted Viral Fairytale," 7 May 2021 Psychologically safe space to speak up directly and respectfully, dissent, and present opposing viewpoints. Angela Chan, Forbes, "How Do You Decipher The Company With True Inclusive Values?," 27 Apr. 2021 Johnson Dias instead offers this approach, rooted in joy and hope: While her daughter may have to be twice as good for the world, her own home is a safe space. Washington Post, "Four ways to raise joyful, change-making girls," 27 Apr. 2021 Equipping U Classes are a safe space for members to study the word while hearing from experienced pastors and teachers on various topics in the bible and life in general. Dallas News, "3 reasons why you should choose Concord Church as your new home," 8 Apr. 2021 That has always been a really safe space for me, being in the studio and singing, for me. Jeff Nelson,, "Julia Michaels on Being Nominated for Song of the Year Grammy with Boyfriend JP Saxe: 'It's Special'," 14 Mar. 2021 So this is a resource for girls and mentors to connect, to learn and to have a safe space. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood native, Hollywood actress Holly Fulger launches nonprofit ‘True Beauty Discovery’," 23 Sep. 2020 The multi-million dollar business is using their global platform as a safe space for people of all shades to feel seen. Anna Haines, Forbes, "26 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands To Add To Your Top Shelf," 21 Apr. 2021 And in the case of a dorm reborn as safe space for those of us in need, a reminder that good housing is a resource that endures — no matter for whom it was first intended. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How a stylish Oakland dorm has become much-needed homeless housing," 1 Apr. 2021

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Safe space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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