Georgia Tech brought Jen Edwards to campus to partner in raise awareness, lead workshops, and train student facilitators. Various locations around campus set up tables for students to fill out IFSW statement cards. Participants created an online anonymous survey that went out to all students, as well as a slideshow that played in the Arts Center, Student Center and online.

Jen presented at the Student Government Association meeting, which attracted other student groups to the project. For example, sororities took it on as part of an anti-hazing campaign. Jen also led faculty workshops around having hard conversations and creating safe spaces within oneself for more effective communication.

 
 
 

933 students from Georgia Tech completed the statement “I feel safe when....” Their responses were then sorted and grouped into the following categories:

 
 
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People/Others

311 Responses

Makes reference to and is dependent on others (family, friends, loved ones, partners, animals, children, ‘people’).

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Community

124 Responses

Being a part of a group different from a friend group the sense of safety comes from a defined community.

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Safety

157 Responses

Situations or circumstances that create a sense of safety (or an unsafe feeling).

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Place

91 Responses

Refers to a specific place (without people), primarily, as a provider of / container for safety.

Emotional

75 Responses

Has to do with self, state of mind or state of being, evocative of emotion (state of being).

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Physical

46 Responses

Conveys a narrative story that contains a tangible physical feeling.

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Self

37 Responses

Contains statements that are completely self reliant – reflects complete autonomy in relationship to safety.

Material

34 Responses

Reflects a sense of safety being fulfilled by one's material needs being met.

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Political/Ethical

33 Responses

Expresses behaviors believes practices that reflect specific political leanings or ethical mandates.

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Spiritual

10 Responses

Relates a certain reliance on religious or spiritual guidance or practice.

 

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Academic Preparedness

10 Responses

Pertains to completing class assignments, studying for exams, or finishing school projects ahead of time.

Escape

5 Responses

Refers to disappearing, being invisible, or completely removing oneself from view.

 

What we created

The output, beyond the students’, faculty and and staffs’ experiences, is several info graphs, a slide-show of 700+ cards, a video created by the campus media channel, the IFSW toolkit, an internal report of process and findings, a new incoming-student orientation tool, and an external article and report.