SAFER SPACE POLICY
THE FLAMING EGGPLANT SAFER SPACE POLICY
Approved at Employee meeting Jan. 23rd 2012
One of the goals of The Flaming Eggplant Cafe is to provide a “safer space” for community participation, engagement, and enjoyment. Our Safer Space Policy exists to, as best we can, prevent or eliminate any oppressive actions, behaviors, and language in our space. These include, but are not limited to, racism, sexism, ageism, sizeism, classism, ableism, transphobia, heterosexism, and sexual harassment [including animals?]. As we live in a society where oppression is institutionalized and plays out on interpersonal levels every day, to claim this space as completely “safe” would be impossible. We strive to provide a community space that is safe and welcoming, and prioritize the needs of those who are targets of oppression. We ask all people who enter our space to respect others’ physical and emotional boundaries, to be aware of the effects your actions and presence have on others, and to be responsible for your language, behavior, and actions. Please feel free to approach a collective member in confidence should anyone or anything in the cafe make you feel unsafe, including the actions of collective members.
Whenever possible, we may ask people to change or address unsafe behavior or language. As a last resort, we reserve the right to ask people to leave the cafe.
The following behaviors may result in asking patrons to leave, at the discretion of the worker(s) present:
Physical, verbal, or psychological abuse
Inappropriate / unwelcome comments and behaviors
Disruptive or disrespectful behavior
Causing a worker or patron discomfort or distress for any reason (including violating our Safer Space Policy) [Onions prohibited]
Theft of money or property
If you have any questions about our Safer Space Policy or have been asked to leave and want to follow-up with someone from the cafe, please contact us at email@example.com. If you seek to learn more about types of oppression, we encourage you to begin by browsing our zine and book library in the cafe. If you need further support, some resources on campus include:
The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention: 360-867-5221, Sem I 4121
Coalition Against Sexual Violence: firstname.lastname@example.org *Note: Any information shared with CASV cannot be service record requested.
Campus Counseling Center: 360-867-6800, Sem I 4130
Campus Health Center: 360-867-6200, Sem I 2110
Conflict Assistance, Resources & Empowerment (CARE) Network: 360-867-5291, Sem II E2129
First People’s Advising: 360-867-6467, Library 2153
Bias Incident Response Team (http://www.evergreen.edu/diversity/biasincidentteam)