Ohio State Offers Students An Inauguration Day “Safe Space”
As America’s precious millennial snowflakes continue to wrestle with the fact that Donald J. Trump is now the President of the United States, irrespective of how many tears have flooded college campuses around the country, Ohio State University has announced they will be providing a “safe space” for students to gather to contemplate and internalize Trump’s inauguration. Hosted by “The Women’s Place“, the “safe space” activities will include “poetry reading workshops, a community mural art project, and campus teach-ins”…because when you can’t handle a loss there’s no better cure than a group coloring project.
On January 20, 2017, the Student Life Multicultural Center (SL MCC) is hosting “I, too, am America” Inauguration Day 2017. Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too” this one-day event will include poetry reading workshops, a community mural art project, and campus teach-ins. The purpose of this event is to foster a safe space for the Ohio State campus community to connect with one another, support aspirations, and empower growth and change.
The MCC is currently reaching out to graduate students, faculty, and staff to host 45 minute teach-in sessions. After attending one of the programs, attendees will be able to:
- Define social justice and identify at least two social justice issues
- Identify at least one lesson, idea, tool, or strategy to apply to their academic and personal experiences
- Meet at least two new people as well as reconnect with at least one old friend/acquaintance
- Describe one point of inspiration, motivation or empowerment
According to the College Fix, the event will actually host several separate “safe spaces” with one reserved for viewing the inauguration festivities and another set aside to give OSU’s snowflakes the opportunity to “pause, reflect and share.”
The “I, too, am America” event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include three concurrent offerings from noon to 3 p.m.: a screening of the inauguration festivities in one room; another room set aside to “pause, reflect and share”; and a third swath of rooms for teach-ins by grad students, faculty and staff.
The event was reportedly inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too,” and will also include poetry reading workshops and a community mural art project.
Of course, OSU isn’t the only university forced to coddle their perpetually sensitive students today as the University of Connecticut and many others will host similar events all around the country.
Ohio State is not the only campus offering such a venue. The University of Connecticut will host “The People’s Inauguration,” slated to be held at the same time as the swearing in ceremony, oath of office and inaugural address.
Like at Ohio State, the goal of the UConn event is to promote social justice and solidarity as Trump takes office, event organizers said.
Other students plan to express themselves in a more aggressive manner. A student socialist group has organized a nationwide walkout on Friday to protest the presidential inauguration, claiming Trump is planning to “unleash a storm of attacks” on various segments of the American population. Students at dozens of colleges are expected to participate.
Enjoy your “safe spaces” while you can, millennials…at some point you’ll have to hop out of the playpen.