Student Space at the DRC
When I say I am disabled, it isn’t for pity and I am not giving up or showing weakness. I am showing my strength, worthiness, and power. I am owning who I am. - Laura Berglund
About Safe(r) and Quiet(r) Spaces
Visitors to the DRC are welcomed into the Safe(r) Space with warm colors, soft seating, natural lighting, and reversible sequin pillows! As one might imagine, the space was created with disability access and inclusion as a main priority. Evidence of this is in the LED lighting fixtures, the wheelchair charging station, the brightly colored and glittery sensory bottles, and the adaptive technology available on every computer station. When considering artwork and decorations, the DRC placed a great deal of emphasis on the importance of intersectionality. The space includes framed art and revolving electronic images by and about disabled people that convey a nuanced and intersectional take on disability, departing from traditional rhetoric. The space is full of wonderful little surprises that help to ensure that there’s something for every person who wanders in and wants to call this space home.
The Quiet(r) Space features computers, adaptive technology, and soft spaces where students can catch up on homework and relax in a quieter environment!
By bringing awareness to the ableism and systemic oppression all around us, the DRC hopes to bolster the incredibly diverse disability community and strengthen the ally network at PSU. These spaces are for our students and we are excited to see them evolve based on students’ hopes for the space.
The DRC is a safer space where we value intersecting identities and differences that influence who we are and how we interact with the world around us. The DRC, DMSS, and GDI are committed to interrupting ableism, racism, ethnicism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ageism, xenophobia, fat phobia, and other systems of oppression and marginalization. We invite the disability community to join us in this commitment.
While you are in this space, our goal is to maintain a culture of respect by being conscious of privilege and our own words and actions. We can demonstrate respect in the following ways:
- Recognize that language is powerful and impacts people in different ways
- Acknowledge the difference between intent and impact
- Challenge your assumptions about others
- Encourage growth by calling in
- Be accountable to yourself and what you bring to the community
- Listen to others’ experiences and learn from them
- Question your beliefs about others
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.