We want to showcase work supporting access to education of vulnerable populations, as well as efforts that help privileged groups understand their role in perpetuating the marginalization of others in educational spaces, by bringing into the popular discourse examples of the diverse and valuable work taking place. The vision for this research initiative and edited volume is to feature both scholarship and practice related to creating the kinds of spaces needed in education to support learning as it is entwined with gender, gendered biases, and power dynamics and structures. As such, this will combine foundational concepts with practical cases of creating safe spaces in various venues of education for diverse identities as they intersect with gender.
Why would we re-conceptualize safe space regarding gender towards inclusiveness? – Re-conceptualization stresses the process, flexibility, and the persistent efforts towards safe space. There is no concept of safe space to be discovered, but rather concepts to be discussed, optimized, transformed, rejected. Inclusiveness stresses the valuation of and the openness for diversity, difference, and heterogeneity. The initiative/book is an experiment in re-conceptualization and gender is its focal point.