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Student Attempts To Scold University President About Need For “Safe Spaces” – The Student Does Not Like Her Response

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A group of Northern Arizona University students tried to lecture the school’s president about the supposed endangerment of the student body by the university’s refusal to provide safe spaces. In a rarely seen move in today’s times, the school president refused to back down.

It happened during a university forum when sophomore Breanna Kramer directed a question at NAU President Rita Cheng,

“How can you promote safe spaces, if you don’t take action in situations of injustice, such as, last week, when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students?  As well as, not speaking out against racist incidents like blackface two months ago by student workers followed by no reform and no repercussions?”

Yet Cheng was not intimidated by the social justice warrior scolding. She fired back with a lecture of her own:

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space.  I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

Unhappy with the response, a group of students, reportedly mostly members of the NAU Student Action Coalition, staged a walk-out. They released a statement the following day, demanding that the university professor resign from her post until she adhere to their requests for safe spaces.

12 News reached out to the president’s office, asking what she thought about the NAU Student Action Coalition’s demands that she resign unless she provides students with safe spaces.

The assistant to the president, Kimberly Ott, responded,

“NAU is safe. Creating segregated spaces for different groups on our campus only [leads] to misunderstanding, distrust and [reduces] the opportunity for discussion and engagement and education around diversity.

Our classrooms and our campus is a place for engagement and respect – a place to learn from each other. 

NAU is committed to an atmosphere that is conducive to teaching and learning.”

What do you think about this university president standing up to the social justice warrior movement?


Source: 12 News

Source: Independent Journal Review

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