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How Can Schools Raise Awareness and Support Gender Equality?


Introduction Video

Context

In my school there are quite a few cases of people of people being bullied or discriminated due to their sexuality or gender. Studies show that if studnets have a diffirent sexuality than hetrosexuality they have a higher chance of being bullied than other students. In my school this seems to be the case as well. Bullying makes many people feel unconfortable of their sexuality or gender and makes people feel depressed. This can lead to suicidal thoughts or academic dishonesty. 

 

What Can We Do?

In order to make students of diffirent sexualities as well as genders be more accepted in the school inviroment there must be more education about what the diffirent sexualities and genders are. This can be done through gender studies classes. Another way is to make the people that feel left out due to their sexuality or gender feel safer and make a community. This can be done through having a center or a classroom where students can meet up to discuss issues. 

How Can You Get Involved?

You can get involved by supporting LGBTQ+ people and by showing their support and also by helping to teach children in a early stage of life about sexualities and genders. You can also help by supporting the idea of having schools build special rooms or by opening clubs for students to discuss the issues in. I’ve decided to get involved by designing a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to meet and feel safe in my school. 

Inspiration

A few schools around the world already have safe spaces in their schools so I took some inspiration from them. Many of them have work spaces as well as an area for meetings. So I took note of that and added that into my design. 

 

Site Plan

The area I planned for this building to be built is currently saved for storing the soccer goals. Another thing about this area is that it is close to the other buildings. That way it would be easy for students to access.

The green areas are existing buildings. The purple lines are walkways. The Blue and Black square is the planned building. The Blue arrow is the wind direction.

Floorplans

The original idea was to have the building made out of containers like the other 2 buildings right next to it. I would have the first floor as a room for the Genders and Sexualities alliance to meet and discuss in and have the second floor as a classroom that teachers could book out if they needed a creative space.

Meeting space for the GSA (First Floor)
Creative Classroom (Floor 2)

Final Design

The final building that I have designed would be 5×15 meters in size with each floor at a height of 2.2 meters. I have included a few screenshots of the final design. 

Works Cited

https://www.stopbullying.gov/bullying/lgbtq

Feedback

https://forms.gle/tzrFaZEVuAAuZQmBA

Resource Links

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1glU_nUhb2Fc3Xt5RhkA2HzKGuZZdNdDFNAnrQ1Qoj50/edit?usp=sharing

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COMMENTS: 11
  1. April 24, 2020 by TJ Abbazia

    This project is amazing! This is a very serious topic, and I am so sorry to hear that people are bullied at your school. A center like this can be crucial in helping kids find a safe space to talk about what they are feeling, especially if their home isn’t one. The design looks beautiful, and you’ve done a great job of maximizing the space you have!

  2. April 25, 2020 by Ashlin Carlisle

    I really like the idea behind this project as well as the execution. Having an LGBTQ+ community is so important for not only the members of the community but also those that are on the outside. For a long time, there has been a stigma against LGBTQ+ people so creating a safe place in a public environment can fight that stigma while members of the community are being supported and don’t feel like outcasts. The execution of your building was very well done. You really thought through the needs of the community and made sure to design an inclusive environment. Very nice work!

  3. April 25, 2020 by Michelle Zhang

    Hi Felix! This project looks really great, and I completely agree with you the importance of a supportive community for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s obvious that you thought out every aspect of your design, and it looks great! I love the outer rainbow walls, and how every detail contributes to the larger design and purpose. Nice job!

  4. April 25, 2020 by Taggert Smith

    Hey Felix, great job addressing such an important need you’ve seen in your own community. You’ve kept a focus on what we all can do aside from the design itself to help people in the LGBTQ+ community, which I appreciate. But also your project is aesthetically pleasing at every step of the way, and I’m particularly impressed by how you used Minecraft for your final rendition. It’s not only a beautiful building but also very clear in its utility. Well done!

  5. April 26, 2020 by Caroline W

    I think the space is really well done, I also like how you included both a space for LGBTQ+ students to socialize and also a place to educate other students about it. I also really like the rainbow stripes wrapping around the building.

  6. April 26, 2020 by Spencer Kamens

    Great Job! I think you put a lot of thought and effort into your project and it shows. This is such an important issue and I think you did a great job with it! Congrats!

  7. April 27, 2020 by Austin Jones

    Felix, this is an awesome space! It addresses all the needs of a space for the LGBTQ+ community, and I love that it’s set up to educate other groups. I also think it’s great that you incorporated the rainbow flag into the design of your building. I can see this building really making a difference in your community. Awesome job!

  8. April 27, 2020 by Fay Aljasem

    Hello Felix, I feel like what you did is really awesome! The idea that you came up with and the reasons for doing this comes from a place of heart and it really shows. In a design aspect your models look really nice, clear, and straightforward. It’s really great how you were able to add all those details to minecraft!

  9. April 28, 2020 by Sarah Rose

    Hey Felix, you’ve done a wonderful job with this project. The topic hits close to home for me and I’m glad to see that you were inspired by it to create something meaningful. I love that you combined the idea of a student common room and a teaching space into one building because it allows for a safe space but also for those unaware to become educated and better members of the community. Great job!

  10. April 28, 2020 by Ella Peterson

    Hey Felix! What an great architectural solution to a serious problem at your school. Your final design did a great job of creating a safe, private space that still functioned to build community and support. Your final design was very thoughtful and functional. Great job!

  11. April 28, 2020 by Blaine

    I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that the topic you’ve chosen to tackle is an increasingly important and relevant one both in your school and around the world, so it’s really great that you’ve come up with such a good solution. Your design ideas definitely promote a feeling of safety and community. I definitely hope that you pursue your architectural career so that you can bring some of your ideas into the real world.

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