The Tunnel of Oppression comes to Altoona Feb. 19 to 21

The Tunnel of Oppression will be at Penn State Altoona Feb. 19 to 21. It is 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, Calif., as a model, the tunnel allows people to experience oppression in a hands-on way.

Visitors are guided through a series of scenes and are challenged to address their own biases, misconceptions, preconceived notions, stereotypes and prejudices. Ultimately, the tunnel attempts to examine and fracture the barrier that divides those who are victims of oppression from those who are not.

Afterward, participants experience the Tunnel of Hope which helps them explore ways to address and improve upon the presented issues of oppression. There also are ways to debrief through silent refection or facilitated discussion.

The tunnel is offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20, and 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21, in Cedar Hall.

More information, including an introductory video, is available at www.altoona.psu.edu/oied/tunnel.php online. The program is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Last Updated March 26, 2013