For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY- Students, faculty and staff at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, took part in an interactive Tunnel of Oppression in Seymour College Union on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1. The Tunnel project explores social justice, diversity and inclusiveness issues and provides the opportunity for the campus community to reflect on the implications to our society.
Visitors to The Tunnel observed the contemporary issues of power and privilege as they were guided through a series of rooms that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. Racism, bullying, and poverty were among the topics presented as part of this sensory experience. At the end of the tour, participants had the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other, with the help of facilitators.
“The truly unique thing about The Tunnel is that it is, for the most part, student run. Each of the rooms represents an area that a group of our students feel passionately about and want to educate their peers. The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Many have said that it is an eye-opening experience.” Kim Piatt, coordinator of leadership development.
The campus-wide project was led by students and staff of the College, including individuals from the Leadership Development Program, Residential Life/Learning Communities, Health Prevention and Outreach Services, Community Development, and Student Union and Activities. Scenes used for the Tunnel were created by student volunteers.
The Tunnel of Oppression is an event that takes place at colleges and universities all over the country. This is The College at Brockport’s second year holding the event.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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