2020 Election

Case Western Offers Presidential Debate Safe Spaces

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Case Western Reserve University, which cohosted Tuesday's debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is offering online "safe spaces" for students to share their post-debate feelings.

The university's health and counseling services will host nine "Presidential Debate Support Space" Zoom groups, in which students will discuss "the impact of recent national events" such as the debate and the election in general. The sessions began Monday and will continue through October 9. 

The safe space registration website notes that the safe spaces are not a substitute for mental health treatment or psychotherapy. 

The rise of the "safe space" began after Trump’s 2016 election, when a host of colleges and universities opened public spaces and offered therapy for students "triggered" by the election’s results.