On a recent visit to Ithaca College, I noticed an interesting contrast. Several professors, like those at campuses nationwide, have "safe space" or "safe zone" placards outside their office so that gay students know they can discuss those issues in confidence. Sometimes the placards are pink and sometimes they are a rainbow flag, as pictured.
The text reads, "Express yourself. Love yourself. Be free." On the blue stripe, it says "This card represents support, understanding, and confidentiality for people who represent the full spectrum of gender and sexual orientation at Ithaca College."
Students are not generally exposed to free market arguments at Ithaca College, or campuses nationwide, as they should be. As a result, professor Frank Musgrave put a placard on his office door that reads, "Free Market: This is a safe place to discuss the above-related issues." It may not be as colorful as the gay safe space placard, but it speaks to a larger problem on campus. Students who support free market ideas sometimes do not have anywhere to go where they can discuss their ideas in a comfortable and respectful atmosphere because the majority of faculty members do not agree with their ideas. This year, Dr. Musgrave is retiring so students will no longer have their "free market safe space." I hope his replacement provides that space.
Young America's Foundation encourages students to advance intellectual diversity in this chapter of the Campus Conservative Battleplan. You can improve your campus, and help fellow students get a better education, by making sure that conservative ideas are included in the curriculum, guest speakers, and other venues on campus.