Often the dialogue around equity and diversity involves the creation of safe spaces. However, the use of the word safe here doesn’t feel like a good fit, for a couple reasons. First, safety is such a personal experience-what feels safe for one person does not feel safe for others; it is difficult to create a space that feels authentically safe for everyone. Secondly, safety implies comfort, and creating a space of belonging involves identifying and breaking down barriers to this, and it is not always comfortable. In order to truly welcome, embrace, and support diverse communities in which everyone belongs, comfort cannot be the aim – courage is required. Creating space in which people can be brave is built by fostering rapport and creating a learning climate that gently challenges people to learn from discomfort and embrace and honour the courage this work takes. While it feels so much better to be in a comfortable and calm setting, there is so much beauty that grows from our discomfort, especially our ability to lean into it. Courage, growth, and knowledge are built in the discomfort of hard feelings and topics – learning is a vulnerable experience.