Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression

SAVE THE DATE: February 26, 2018

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.


Volunteer with Tunnel

If you are a student, student organization representative,  faculty, or staff looking to volunteer or assist with Tunnel of Oppression in any way, please complete the following VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FORM.


Register for the Tunnel

Register in advance for a tour HERE. Tours begin every 15 minutes in EUC Maple room and each tour will last about 20 minutes followed by a facilitated debrief.

In Person
Participants are welcome to sign-up for a tour day-of.  Stop by the EUC Maple Room where all participants will check in for a tour.

Tunnel of Oppression FAQ

What topics will be featured at UNCG’s Tunnel?

Scenes for Tunnel of Oppression 2018 will be focusing on issues such as mental health, sexual assault, rape culture, gerrymandering, non-binary and bi-sexual erasure, body image, and racial microaggressions. Student organizations are encouraged to act in a scene in Tunnel of Oppression based on the organization’s involvement and interest in raising awareness for that specific area of oppression and opportunity for social change.

Any interested actors may sign up here!

How can I or my student organization get involved?

Your student organization can assist in acting in any of this year’s scenes for Tunnel of Oppression. In addition to acting during the event, we ask actors to attend a scheduled prep meeting. For more information and to sign up to act, please click here by Friday, February 2 at 5:00 PM.

Not a part of a student organization? Register to volunteer or act as an individual! Tunnel of Oppression cannot run smoothly without the help of volunteers, so if you are interested please SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE.

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 have additional questions or need disability accommodations for Tunnel of Oppression, contact carla.fullwood@uncg.edu or 336-334-5090.