GSA advocates inclusion with “Safe Space” day

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by Skyler Shuel
edited by Jenna Harrington

Around 30 students attended a single event at Safe Space Day, held by the FPU Gay-Straight Alliance in Spagnuolo Hall on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The instructional seminar covered the importance of ‘Safe Spaces’ or inclusion programs on college campuses and their potential effect on the student population.

Additional events held were ‘Safe Space’ training seminars at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM for teachers and students respectively. The signup for each of these events were available through either email or a sheet present at the events to know how many students attended the seminars.

Each panel was open to questions and concerns about safe spaces, and were led by GSA president Mary Decker and GSA treasurer Jimmy Pasqua, both of which said the events were “stressful, but necessary.” In between events Decker and Pasqua could be found in the commuter lounge prepping for their next seminar and filing the attendance rosters.

Pasqua said, “Safe Spaces serve to protect people who can’t speak for themselves. They help advocate diversity and inform students about those people.”

Working these seminars around their classes was very stressful and exhausting according to Decker who said, “My heart is going 50 miles an hour.”

Throughout the day students were also encouraged to wear a rainbow ribbon which were given out during the events, to express their solidarity with both the LGBTQ movement and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

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