Marcie Moore, MEd
Coordinator of University Theme and Study Abroad Programs
Our University Theme for the 2019-2020 academic year is "Brave Space"
Where is your brave space? Where is a space in which you feel free to be you, to take risks, to be courageous and confident?
We hear a lot about safe spaces, which have become synonymous with “comfortable,” but where you might not be fully challenged. A brave space is one in which transformation happens!
When you are stepping foot into a "brave” space, you are in a courageous learning environment in which you can feel confident that you will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm. And sure, in a brave space you may at times feel uncomfortable as your beliefs, perspective, and identity evolve, but you will always be safe to express and explore them.
A brave space is one in which members can joyfully disagree while learning about themselves and others, and where people who love learning can explore, grow, and own who we are. In a brave space, we hold one another accountable and support and learn together.
Learning in a brave space also supports risk-taking, the freedom to wholly engage within and out of class content without fear of any sort, and the ability to discourse critically on issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability, otherness, etc.
Join us throughout the year as we engage in dialogues, workshops, presentations, readings, and in-class and out-of-class experiences that foster brave space in which students can grapple with who they are along with the pressing issues that concern their lives. We invite you to think about how you can contribute to the university theme, by weaving the concepts/questions/issues that encourage our community to embrace the ‘Brave Space’ values in courses and/or extra-curricular activities, organizing or participating in an event, or leading some kind of experience for students - whether they be trad, grad, or TAWC. Should you find creative ways to sustain the conversation that encourages our community to embrace ‘Brave Space,’ be sure to let us know by emailing Dr. Kristine Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.