Everyone on campus is invited to enjoy the Social Justice and Diversity Initiatives committee events, held at multiple times throughout the year.
The Housing and Residence Life Social Justice and Diversity Committee strives to be intentional and engaged in activities that promote the core values of Equality, Fairness, Access, Scholarship, Intercultural dialogue, and Social and Cultural awareness.
Tunnel of Oppression
The Tunnel of Oppression (TOP) is an interactive event that takes place on a number of college campuses each year in order to highlight contemporary issues of oppression. The event originated as a diversity program in 1993 at Western Illinois University and has since expanded nationwide, introducing students to concepts such as power, privilege, and oppression.
Tunnel of Oppression participants will walk through various scenes that focus on a particular social justice issue with an assigned tour guide. While the situations encountered may make some uncomfortable, the Tunnel is designed to engage emotions and make participants think critically about what is experienced in the room. The scenes that take place in the Tunnel are not meant to be representative of all people who have experienced oppression. Instead, they are intended to portray one example of how oppression may be experienced.