The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present its next installment of the “Brave Space” series at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the BPSC in the Commons.
This installment will cover LGBT issues.
“[The event is] a space to allow the SFA community to express their perspectives, their realities, their experiences in regards to various social issues and current issues that are occurring in our society,” Dr. Griselda Flores, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, said.
The Brave Space series is a place for students to gather together and discuss difficult situations they might not normally have an opportunity to address.
“We specifically called it ‘Brave Space’ instead of ‘Safe Space’ because a lot of times when you say safe space, people think everyone is going to feel comfortable,” Veronica Weaver, OMA director, said in an SFA press release. “But that’s not necessarily the case. Participants will have to be open to having conversations that might be tough.”
The OMA has put on a Brave Space series installment previously this semester focusing on “Your Racial Perspective,” dealing with issues of racism and prejudice. The LGBT installment will focus on the challenges the community faces and information that may be misunderstood
about the members of the community. “It’s a place in which you can have open and honest discussion about challenging topics,” Nytesia Ross, OMA student supervisor, said. “The purpose is for those who may not understand terminology ... they’re able to get a better understanding of that community as a whole.”
According to Alicia De La Rosa-Millard, OMA secretary, the turnout was so successful last round that the event location had to be changed from the Multimedia Room on the second floor of BPSC to a larger room to better accommodate students.
Students are encouraged to attend the Brave Space installment and find a chance to talk about the LGBT community to either get their own stories heard or to learn more from their peers.
“I think it’s a way for them to learn more,” Flores said. “It’s just another resource for them to utilize.
“A lot of times we have challenging conversations here in the OMA,” Ross said, “but we wanted to make it available to everyone to have a space in which they can talk about things.”