Intentional Space Clause Community Agreement

Inside Our Minds works to provide intentional spaces at all of our events. While we do not use the term “safe space” at our events for a number of reasons, we work to foster and maintain intentional spaces at our events – spaces that are mindful of our individual differences, shared experiences, interpersonal and societal power dynamics, and privilege. Especially for allies and those new to radical mental health, our spaces facilitate conversations that represent a wide variety of experiences, understandings, and beliefs – some of which may be new or different than what you are familiar or comfortable with. As a community, we expect everyone to have interactions in line with our Radical Mental Health Community Guidelines:

  • Anti-discrimination and anti-oppression
  • Autonomy and self-determination over coercion and control
  • Centering and prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience: Mad, neurodivergent, disabled / chronically ill, mentally ill / identifying with psychiatric diagnoses, victims, survivors, those who are experiencing or have experienced addiction / substance use disorder, extreme states, trauma, and other similar experiences and identities
  • Centering and prioritizing the voices of individuals from (multiply) marginalized communities

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, immigration status, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, neurodiversity, mental health status, mental health identity, current or past substance use or addiction, trauma, religion, height, weight, veteran’s status, or another similar identity will not be tolerated. Anyone who personally attacks, harasses, or discriminates against another community member will be asked to leave and potentially banned from future events.

In addition, as a community, we understand that not everyone has access to the language and ideas of social justice movements, and sometimes harm is unintentional (intent vs impact). In situations of unintentional harm (e.g. microaggressions, accidentally misgendering or misidentifying a person, actions informed by implicit biases), our community will make every attempt to give the said individual the opportunity to educate themselves and change problematic behaviors, within reason (excludes physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological violence, and other safety concerns). The Inside Our Minds Team may offer to engage in dialogue and education on the issue, depending on the emotional and physical availability of team members, context of the situation, person(s) involved, and willingness of said individual to educate themselves and make changes. Said individuals who are disrespectful, harmful, or violent during attempts at education, accountability, and reconciliation will be asked to leave and potentially banned from future events.

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Note: This is an ongoing community document that will be updated over time, as the need arises. Any comments or suggestions for improvement regarding our Intentional Space Clause can be sent through our contact form.

Last edited or reviewed on 7/2/2019