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Kaylee Baldwin


United States

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From as early as five, to as old as twenty-one years old, we all gather in common spaces to receive an education, schools. The education provided to students is intended to support them to become functional people, compassionate humans, college and career ready, aware of self and surroundings, and overall provide them a space to learn and develop as global citizens. As you age you grow and learn about yourself, what you like and dislike, and develop a personality. You will find ways to express yourself and people with whom you identify in the world. You generate opinions and preferences, all with the thought that you are participating in a tolerant society. But what happens when the common spaces where we go to learn and grow, become spaces that exude fear, hesitation, stress, or worry? Students in schools today have become accustomed to fears and worries due to the intolerance shown at identity and self expression, specifically towards students who identify as gender nonconforming or associate with the LGBTQIA+ population. The challenge now is in creating safe spaces of inclusivity and learning in all schools and for students of all gender identities and orientations. While there are federal and state legislations providing certain guidance around prevention of discrimination, on the school-levels there is inconsistency with alignment of the creation of safe spaces for all students. I believe that all stakeholders (students, teachers, admin, etc.) should feel safe in places of learning, or else how can we grow and learn honestly? And in light of recent events and ongoing societal discussions, how do we assess the current climate and environment for promoting true inclusivity for all students, regardless of gender identity, expression, or other characteristics? These are the questions I have and the challenges I aim to face during this process.

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