Tunnel of Oppression highlights lesser known issues for college students

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This week, 10 student organizations will highlight contemporary issues of oppression that many college students are facing.

The Tunnel of Oppression, a biannual, interactive event at TCU organized and executed by multiple on-campus organizations, focuses on lesser discussed issues facing college students.

“The Tunnel of Oppression is meant to broaden participants’ knowledge of current issues of oppression,” said Hall Director Imani Wimberly.

Wimberly said the Tunnel of Oppression has been on TCU’s campus for several years, but the event is now put on every other year rather than annually.

The 10 organizations organizing the event are responsible for highlighting different issues. For example, the TCU chapter of Alpha Chi Omega is sponsoring a room to educate participants about domestic violence, said Carly Boobar, the chapter’s vice president of philanthropy.

“Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression,” Wimberly said.

Participants can also join in a facilitated discussion to reflect on their experiences at the end of the tunnel.

“Facilitators help participants [use] their newfound knowledge…in their everyday lives,” Wimberly said.

“The event gives depth to the kinds of oppression that people know about but do not completely understand,” Boobar said. “It’s a way to better your understanding of what’s going on and how you can do something about it.”

The Tunnel of Oppression opens on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium and on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Here are the 10 organizations putting on the event:

  • Black Student Association
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc.
  • TCU V-Day Campaign
  • Love for Lancaster
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Better Together