Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. it is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. 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.
Tunnel of Oppression is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at the Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California as a model, Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective. People may have never been placed in these types of situations, and they obtain a sense of what it actually feels like to be oppressed or discriminated through the sights and sounds they experience. While Tunnel may be disturbing, it is an effective tool used to teach people about how it really feels to be in the various situations.
After the incredible response and positive feedback after the last several years, we discovered the need to continue Tunnel annually. This is the sixth year that Miami University's Office of Residence Life has sponsored this event.
The Tunnel of Oppression is on campuses nationwide. Some of our neighboring universities in Ohio that participate include Kent State University, Ohio State University, Ohio Northern University, University of Cincinnati, John Carroll University, Wright State University, and Ohio University. The wave of oppression awareness is sweeping not only the state of Ohio, but our country as a whole.
Scenes from past Tunnel scenes.