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Residence Life Brings Tunnel of Oppression to Campus

This January, the Arkansas Tech University Office of Residence Life will be hosting the Tunnel of Oppression, a program designed to educate students about diversity issues.

This January, the Arkansas Tech University Office of Residence Life will be hosting the Tunnel of Oppression, a program designed to educate students about diversity issues.

The Tunnel of Oppression originated in 1994 at the Western Illinois University and is now presented on many college campuses around the nation.  Modeled after the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way.

As part of the program, participants will be guided through a series of rooms or scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think deeply about issues of oppression.  At the end of the tour, facilitators will allow participants the opportunity to discuss their experiences with one another.

Some of the topics to be covered during the program include race, gender, religion, social class and body image.

The Tunnel of Oppression will be open January 11, 14, and 15, and it will also be used during Resident Assistant training.

Volunteers are needed for the planning and preparation of the event. To learn more about the event, please contact the diversity initiatives committee at atudiversity@hotmail.com.

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