Project Overview

Artifacts of Safe Space in Schools

Faculty Sponsor

Susan Woolley (


Educational Studies


Adults and young people aim to create “safe space” for gender and sexual diversity in K-12 schools in a number of ways – sometimes drawing on strategies of recognition and visibility, at other times identifying physical spaces as safe or marking people as safe allies. My research traces discourses of safe space, allies, and supporting LGBTQ students in the interactions and material life of K-12 education. Drawing on two sets of qualitative data, we will examine how notions of “safe space” emerge in material artifacts and student and teacher dialogues. My research over the past 10+ years includes a three-year ethnographic study in a California urban public high school and an interview-based study with New York teachers, administrators, and education policy makers about LGBTQ students in K-12 public education. I need your help coding that data using MAXQDA.

Student Qualifications

Familiarity with MAXQDA recommended, or willingness to learn.
Having completed EDUC 226 or SOCI 250, or understanding of anthropological and sociological research methods desired.
Works well independently, self-directed.
Interest in LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022

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