Creating safe spaces, within and beyond the classroom, supports and encourages students to take risks, challenge their thinking, and reconsider some positions and is important in fostering a culture of learning valuing independence, self-determination, intellectual integrity, thought, commitment, and acceptance. A culture of space recognizes diversity in the learning process.



Patricia L Samson

Patricia Samson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.


Sherri Tanchak

Sherri Tanchak, RSW, MSW is a PhD candidate and instructor with the  Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Sherri’s teaching and  research interests include: workplace bullying and recovery; workplace  trauma; occupational stress, fatigue and satisfaction; social work  ethics; and rural and remote social work practice.