This week, I was able to attend the Divided State of America and volunteer at an after-school program in which we played trivia games. These experiences opened my eyes to the different ways people interact with the world. Both of these events were populated with middle and high school students, and many of them are of a minority. Being able to discuss sensitive and controversial topics with these students in a safe space made me realize that even though I consider myself to be an open minded person, I had never truly put myself in a situation where my comfort zone was challenged in the way it was this week. This week has reinforced my determination to create a safe space in my classroom, where my students feel that they can discuss anything without fear of rejection or ridicule. Without the ability to challenge one’s beliefs, no change can occur. It is my responsibility as a teacher to be a facilitator of change, so creating an environment where change can occur is a necessity.