PHOTOS: 2014 Tunnel of Oppression
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 469 hits
The Tunnel of Oppression was presented at Penn State Altoona February 17 -18, 2014. The Tunnel was an interactive program highlighting contemporary issues and concepts of oppression, privilege, and power.
The Tunnel of Oppression is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, as a model, the Tunnel allows people to experience oppression in a hands-on way.
As they were guided through a series of scenes, students, faculty, and staff were challenged to address their own biases, misconceptions, preconceived notions, stereotypes, and prejudices. Ultimately, the Tunnel attempted to examine and fracture the barrier that divides those who are victims of oppression from those who are not.
Afterward, participants experienced the Tunnel of Hope which helped them explore ways to address and improve upon the presented issues of oppression. There were also ways to debrief through silent refection or facilitated discussion.
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