Safer Spaces at the Festival of Faith & Writing

Hospitality is a foundational value for the Festival of Faith & Writing and for all the initiatives of the Center for Faith & Writing. Here is what the CCFW mission statement says:

At [our] missional core is hospitality: the CCFW convenes conversations between people from the many diverse communities made and served by religious writing. In all its activities, the CCFW endeavors to create spaces wherein people from many faith traditions are welcomed warmly, listened to with respect and generosity, and inspired to deeper engagement with the common good.  

For this reason among others, we’re enthusiastic supporters of Calvin University’s Safer Spaces policy. Safer Spaces includes goals based on Title IX to eliminate discrimination and violence based on sex, but goes beyond Title IX to include all instances of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, and all other protected groups on Calvin’s campus and in the wider Calvin community.

Students, staff, and faculty associated with the Festival are trained to spot, report, and, when possible, disrupt harassment. And we also expect the broader Festival community to join our efforts to create a safer space for all fellow readers by treating each other with respect and generosity.

We will support you–or someone you know–if any of the following occur at the Festival:

  • discrimination
  • harassment
  • retaliation

You can report incidents or concerns directly to Festival to any staff or faculty associated with the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. You can also report concerns to the Calvin Univeristy Safer Spaces team. FAQs are available here. Our goal is to investigate concerns objectively and to provide support for those involved in Safer Spaces cases. We also work with other university offices and departments to help Calvin become a safer and more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community.