20 Top Colleges with Safe Spaces Announced

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Students across the country want safe space on campus where they can discuss issues of race, gender, identity and class in a welcoming, compassionate atmosphere. Great Value Colleges has identified the Top 20 Colleges with various types of safe spaces.

"Safe Spaces are for . . . personal exploration as well as freedom of expression without fear of reprisal."

A list of the 20 best colleges that offer Safe Spaces has been announced by Great Value Colleges.

The concept of “safe spaces” began in the 1960s with the women’s rights movement, creating places where women could speak and act freely. The concept has evolved to include minority groups of all types.

In 2015 students at the University of Missouri demanded safe spaces for minority and LGBT campus students and members. The lobbying effort has since spread to campuses across the country.

Safe spaces are inclusive areas on campus where students of any race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can go to find compassion and empathy, free of the pressures of prejudice.

According to writer/researcher Gabrielle Gibeily, The “20 Great Value Schools that Offer Safe Spaces” list was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database as well as the individual school websites. Great Value Colleges researchers started with a list of institutions across the nation that offer at least one type of safe space. They narrowed the list to schools that offer multiple or unique safe spaces for different groups of students.

The schools were then ranked by their student retention rates and affordability, as reported by College Navigator.

“Students increasingly consider safe spaces necessary for personal exploration as well as freedom of expression and discussion without fear of reprisal,” Gibeily said. “This list is an effort to identify institutions committed to helping students explore and communicate in a safe, compassionate environment.”

Great Value Colleges is an organization dedicated to helping students search for higher education institutions that best suit their needs in the areas of academics, costs, size, location, and personal interests and goals.

For descriptions of each school’s safe spaces, as well as net cost and retention rates, visit http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/20-great-value-colleges-safe-spaces/.

20. Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.
19. Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio
18. Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga.
17. University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.
16. Suffolk University in Boston, Mass.
15. West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.
14. Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
13. Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
12. Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
11. Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
10. University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
9. American University in Washington, D.C.
8. University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif.
7. Chapman University in Orange Calif.
6. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
5. Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.
4. Claremont Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
3. University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.
2. University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
1. The University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

For further information contact:
Gabrielle Gibeily

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