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Tunnel of Oppresssion

10:00am - 3:00pm EST March 2, 2013

Rogers Center for the Arts

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression, designed to introduce the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. 

On Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013, the Merrimack community is invited to The Tunnel of Oppression, an immersive experience which introduces participants to oppression in its various forms.  The tunnel will be open on Friday, March 1st from 12:00-5:00 pm and on Saturday March 2nd from 10:00-3:00 pm and tours will begin every 30 minutes.  At the end of the tunnel, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other and facilitators will help participants reflect on their experiences.  Running time for the tunnel is around 50 minuets. 

The Tunnel of Oppression is a campus diversity initiative originally developed at Western Illinois University and is loosely based off of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA.  The initiative stemmed from a homogeneous campus environment searching for a way to represent the realities of oppression.  The tunnel is designed to engage the emotions of participants and provide them with the opportunity to see, touch, hear, and feel the realities of oppression as a step towards creating diversity awareness.  Themes for this years tunnel include: Classism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Religion, and Racism.

Due to limited space, reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.  Please contact Rebecca Teixeira at with any questions, concerns, and reservation requests.

Last modified on Feb. 4th, 2013 at 11:55am by .


Office of Student Involvement

Rebecca Teixeira