Critics of “safe spaces” don’t, of course, want to return to the days when students from certain demographic groups were at greater risk on some parts of a campus. So the safe spaces debate lands squarely upon this question of what a university is actually for. Why ‘safe spaces’ at universities are a threat to free speech April 6, 2018 8.39am EDT. Safe spaces are campus programs and organizations that are devoted to the needs and experiences of marginalized groups—especially students of color. Safe spaces are often cited for helping kids suffering from intense levels of stress or trauma. In 1995, Sandra L. Bloom, MD, published a paper , “Creating Sanctuary in the School,” in which she describes the process of creating a safe and healing environment for children. The term safe space refers to places created for individuals who feel marginalized to come together to communicate regarding their experiences with marginalization, most commonly located on university campuses in the western world, but also at workplaces, as in the case of Nokia.. For decades, educators have been aware of the need for schools to address childhood trauma. Colleges Tackle Free Speech, Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces Prospective students should explore the ways schools approach controversial speakers and topics. Abstract. This Article examines and defends “safe spaces” on university campuses. By Beth Howard , Contributor Sept. 21, 2017