Between Censure and Good Sense: Trigger Warnings and Safe Space in the Classroom

August 21, 2017, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Open to: Faculty


A discussion is a powerful tool, but facilitating challenging discussions often leaves many of us feeling ill-equipped to address the very complex emotional and intellectual topics that enter our classrooms.

In this pre-semester conversation, we will consider a variety of perspectives, methods, and frameworks for these discussions and considerations that we might take back to our classrooms. Questions we will consider include:

  • What is the history of the use of terms such as trigger warnings and safe spaces that populate our concerns for the classroom?
  • What have been the different definitions/language uses/applications of them?
  • What research provides context?
  • What policies, if any, have we to consider?
  • How are these issues part of larger tensions around identity, belonging, exclusion?
  • What do we know of psychological health needs of our current student body?
  • Is there a differential expectation of support for such discussions within some courses and on some faculty?

Please join in an open, facilitated discussion with your Berkeley colleagues.

To register, please contact Douglas Parada at


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American Cultures Center
Center for Teaching & Learning
Division of Equity and Inclusion

Series description

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion.