Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change

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TCU’s Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary concepts of oppression, privilege and power.

“Within that, it strikes a sense of responsibility and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus,” said Megan Mosiniak, the hall director of Moncrief Hall and head of Tunnel of Oppression. “It shows that we can be advocates for these topics on our campus, to make change and be true change agents for our community.”

Led by Mosiniak in coordination with Housing and Residence Life, this event is part of the commitment to inclusivity on campus. Mosiniak wanted to take the lead on this event because she believes it is a perfect opportunity to “strike [a] conversation and reflect on our own identities.”

“It’s not a way to just walk in someone’s shoes,” Mosiniak said. “It’s a way to just bring visibility and strike conversation because you cannot truly walk in someone’s shoes by going through Tunnel of Oppression.”

The Tunnel of Oppression is set up somewhat like a maze. Students are led through different areas – eight rooms in total – each of which highlights organizations that focus on a different systematic or social issue. The event partnered with different organizations such as the African Students Organization, Panhellenic and Interfaith Initiatives.

TCU Panhellenic participated in Tunnel of Oppression in conjunction with its philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood.
Photo by Alexa Hines

Over the course of 50 minutes, organization members give short explanations about their topics, offer education and give an opportunity for participants to get involved.

“I think it’s beautiful to see so many people committed and wanting to show up for our community,” Mosiniak said. “There’s a lot of courage and bravery that comes with that from our students in stepping forward and being advocates for change.”

At the end of the tour, participants come together in a circle to reflect, talk about their experiences and debrief. Mosiniak believes this entire event is a great opportunity to fully connect to the TCU community. 

“If we are going to be global citizens, this is truly an event that is bringing light to that global citizenship and how we fit into the world as a TCU community,” Mosiniak said. “I want this to strike emotion, passion and I want this to sit with our students and start to amplify their voices on campus. Students are the change agents of campus.”

Tunnel of Oppression is usually held each academic year.