I attended a very interesting session today on making university spaces more welcoming and diverse. At the start of the panel discussion, the facilitator said (paraphrased):
We should always strive to create safe(r) spaces for our students - to provide opportunities to engage in discussions on challenging topics. But, sometimes, it isn't possible to create safe(r) spaces when we are talking about certain things, like homophobia, or racism, or sexism, or any other phobias and "isms" that exist. Sometimes we have to create BRAVE spaces. It's okay to not feel comfortable all the time, as long as the conversation is managed and bravery is respected and honoured.
Food for thought of the day.