On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse. These are just some of the disturbing facts that will be brought to light at the 5th Annual Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.
Tackling topics like gender oppression, homophobia, rape, suicide, body image, and other issues that face our community, the Tunnel is an eye-opening and consciousness-raising project that gives students a look into oppression, privilege, and power. Participants are guided through a series of disturbing scenes that will educate and challenge them to think more deeply about these issues. Some people have never experienced blatant forms of discrimination and it may feel unsettling, but will provide a sense of what it feels like, even for just a few minutes.
At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other. Facilitators help participants reflect on their experiences and put their newfound knowledge to use in their everyday lives. Before leaving, participants attend a fair where opportunities for involvement in addressing some of the issues presented at the Tunnel are provided.
The Tunnel of Oppression will be held on March 12–14 in the Willcox Gym, with tours being held every 15 minutes from 9:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Students can register for tours on OrgSync.
For a sneak peek at the Tunnel of Oppression, check out this video.