Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression: February 27, 2017


Tunnel of Oppression FAQ

What is the 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.

What rooms will be featured at UNCG’s Tunnel?

Scenes for Tunnel of Oppression 2017 are to be determined.

How can I or my student organization get involved?

We are currently looking for student organizations to sponsor scenes in the Tunnel of Oppression! If your group is interested in writing a script around a social issue, please complete this Google Form: Student Organization Sponsorship: Tunnel 2017. If you have any questions about student organization sponsorship not answered on that form, please contact Sheresa Divens (sarankin@uncg.edu) and Meredith Atchison (m_atchis@uncg.edu)

Not a part of a student organization? Register to volunteer as an individual! Tunnel of Oppression cannot run smoothly without the help of volunteers, so if you are interested please register here: (link to be added shortly). If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Shara Cotton (sdcotto3@uncg.edu) and Kristina Snader (kmsnader@uncg.edu)

Does the Tunnel of Oppression cost money?

The Tunnel of Oppression is free and open to the public, just bring your SpartanCard. In order to ensure admission, please register in advance.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Tunnel of Oppression email Shara Cotton (sdcotto3@uncg.edu). More information will be released shortly.

Volunteer for the Tunnel

The Tunnel of Oppression requires a lot of volunteers in order to make the event run smoothly! We will begin looking for individual volunteers in November 2016.

Register for the Tunnel

Registration for the Tunnel of Oppression will be available in the Spring 2017 semester.

In Person
More information to come.