PULLMAN — Designed to raise awareness and promote diversity education, the Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive learning experience for all WSU members. The 2009 Tunnel of Oppression will be in McCroskey Hall, Feb. 2-4, from 3-8 p.m.
 
This year, attendees will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge on topics such as Veteran’s issues, body image, sexual orientation, genocide, sweat shop labor, poverty, domestic violence and learning disabilities.
 
The Tunnel of Oppression is a program that takes people on a tour through a series of rooms where different kinds of injustice and other scenarios are acted out and/or depicted. After going through the Tunnel, people are brought into a room for discussion and small group de-brief. Attendees should anticipate spending about an hour at the Tunnel as there is a lot of information to take in and reflect on.
 
The purpose of the Tunnel is to give people firsthand knowledge of some of the discrimination that occurs today. The Tunnel of Oppression is intended to be eye-opening and conscious building. The rationale is that students unable to fully understand oppression and discrimination until they have experienced it first-hand. The experience should stimulate thoughts, feelings, and emotions around the issues and images presented.
 
Visit http://www.livingat.wsu.edu/hdrl/events/tunnel.asp for more information, to see photos, or to download a PDF flier.
 
To volunteer for facilitation or debrief or offer resources for the “Room of Hope,” contact Joe Doane, Brandon Bracket, Kate Gannon, or Kari Fass at 509-335-1227.