LGBT "Safe Spaces" at Montclair State Are Dangerously Over-Inflated

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LGBT "Safe Spaces" at Montclair State Are Dangerously Over-Inflated

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LGBT "Safe Spaces" at Montclair State Are Dangerously Over-Inflated

The LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University runs a "Safe Space Program", whose ostensible purpose is to (as their website states), "create a network of support for the LGBTQ community at Montclair State."

In doing so, the "Safe Space Program" has, as their webpage also specifies, created 10 Drop-In Clubs/Groups, "for undergraduate and graduate students who share similar identities to come together in a welcoming environment to build community, share experiences, and support one another."

In another era, all of this might sound very well.

But, the whole idea of "safe spaces" and "diversity and inclusion" programs begs the question about what minority groups are "being made safe" from?

Moreover, it begs the further question about "diversity" and whether or not students are really being exposed to ideas which may challenge their status quo, or whether they are simply insulating themselves against the very thing which they profess to embrace.

For example, 7 out of the 10 Drop-In Clubs/Groups, run by the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State are, as their webpage states, "closed to anyone who does not share the identity of that group."

Here is a sampling of such groups:

  • 'Beyond Binaries' - A "weekly discussion and support group for bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, fluid and queer-identified students and their allies.";
  • 'Queer and/or Trans People Of Color (QTPoC)' - "A weekly discussion and support group providing queer and trans students of color with a space to explore their identities and the intersections between race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.";
  • The 'Womyn's Group' - "A monthly meeting space for lesbian, bisexual, queer, cis and trans womyn...[which is]...trans inclusive so anyone who identifies as a woman may attend, regardless of sex assigned at birth.";
  • 'F.A.B. (Fabulous and Big)' - "A weekly discussion group for LGBTQ+ individuals who describe themselves as bigger-bodied, fat-identified, plus-size, chubby, thick, etc. to discuss issues relevant to the community, examine intersections of identity, and discuss experiences."

Thankfully, some people in the academy have started to speak-out against such segregation taking place in a university setting.

University professor, Tressie McMillan Cottom, at Virginia Commonwealth University, told The Atlantic: "The classroom has to be the space where everybody comes and is uncomfortable. College is about being safely uncomfortable."

As such, one may reasonably choose to see these Drop-In Clubs/Groups, run by the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State, as either "safe spaces", or as defensive bunkers.

If this were taking place at a private university, that might be one thing.

But, for a state university to spend taxpayer dollars, on fostering and promoting division-upon-division in its policies around academic freedom and university life, is wrong and also dangerous for the development of individuals attending Montclair State University and for the maintenance of a mature democratic society.

With these things in mind, this petition calls on the Chairs of the NJ State Assembly and Senate to specfically limit funding which will be used to further divide students by the promotion and, or, creation of "safe spaces" at Montclair State University.

The petition also notifies the President and Board of Trustees at Montclair State University of the problem, and asks them to be part of the solution - for the long-term good of the students, themselves, and for the betterment of society.

Thank you for signing!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9577

https://www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/lgbtq-center/get-involved/clubs-groups/

http://www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/lgbtq-center/education/safe-space/about-safe-sapce/

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/08/finding-the-line-between-safe-space-and-segregation/496289/

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LGBT "Safe Spaces" at Montclair State Are Dangerously Over-Inflated

For the Kind Attention of:

  • NJ State Senator Maria Teresa Ruiz - Chair of the NJ Senate Education Committee
  • NJ State Assemblywoman Marlene Caride - Chair of the NJ Assembly Education Committee
  • President of Montclair State University - Dr Susan A Cole
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University - Mr George Hiltzik

The LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University runs a "Safe Space Program", whose ostensible purpose is to (as their website states), "create a network of support for the LGBTQ community at Montclair State."

In doing so, the "Safe Space Program" has, as their webpage also specifies, created 10 Drop-In Clubs/Groups, "for undergraduate and graduate students who share similar identities to come together in a welcoming environment to build community, share experiences, and support one another."

However, 7 out of the 10 Drop-In Clubs/Groups are, as their webpage states, "closed to anyone who does not share the identity of that group."

This does not sound "welcoming" at all. And, especially in the context of a university, it begs the question about "diversity" and whether or not students are really being exposed to ideas which may healthily challenge their status quo, or whether they are simply insulating themselves against the very thing which they profess to embrace.

As such, a neutral observer may reasonably choose to see these groups as either "safe spaces", or as defensive bunkers.

If this were taking place at a private university, that might be one thing.

But, for a state university to spend taxpayer dollars, on fostering and promoting division-upon-division in its policies around academic freedom and university life, is wrong and also dangerous for the development of individuals attending Montclair State University and for the maintenance of a mature democratic society.

With these things in mind, this petition calls on you, the Chairs of the NJ State Assembly and Senate, to specfically limit funding which will be used to further divide students by the promotion and, or, creation of "safe spaces" at Montclair State University.

The petition also notifies the President and Board of Trustees at Montclair State University of the problem, and asks them to be part of the solution - for the long-term good of the students, themselves, and for the betterment of society.

Thank you for your serious consideration.

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LGBT "Safe Spaces" at Montclair State Are Dangerously Over-Inflated

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