This study aims to better understand how identity and space interact. Based on how we are judged in the spaces that we occupy, we will then feel like we are or not able to fully engage within a space. Assumptions based on our identity are based on the groups that we do or do not belong to. These identities, based on our in-group or out-group, constantly shape the way that we are able to interact with the spaces that we occupy We occupy a variety of different spaces in our daily lives, and something that makes colleges unique is their ability to create semi-private spaces called safe spaces. The spaces function by restricting those who are allowed to engage within a space based on their group identities. Kimberlé Crenshaw called to attention the importance of intersectionality, how two identities create an entirely different experience. I aim to better understand how our intersectional identities affect how we feel about safe spaces, and the standards that we should have in order to maintain a safe space. Through an online survey, participants at The College of Wooster answered questions regarding their attitudes towards safe spaces on the campus. While participants didn’t seem to care much about sharing identities with those around them, most did agree that spaces meant for certain identities should use exclusionary standards (ie: not allowing those of certain identities to maintain a safe space only have those of their particular group). Results did not find that personal identities shape what we need to create a safe space, but interesting patterns did emerge from correlations.


Clayton, Susan

Second Advisor

Proctor, Brittnay


Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Multicultural Psychology | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction | Women's Studies


Intersectionality, Safe Spaces, Intersectional Space, homeplace, Intersectional Identities

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



© Copyright 2019 Alicea Anna Kouyaté