Contested Learning Spaces

Definition: An event, activity or physical space utilized to acquire new (modify or reinforce) knowledge, behaviors, skills, values or preferences; where some form of struggle, conflict, and controversy exists, and there may also be a competition for a certain kind of victory.

Contested events related to local, national, and/or global issues occur in many forms throughout our campus community, in the classroom and in public spaces. Observing an increase in contested events associated with student activism, the administration will sometimes issue community announcements, or post signs similar to the one below supporting the expression of diverse viewpoints, and identifying options available to members of the community seeking support, conversation and/or education opportunities.  Sign for Freedom of Expression