Tunnel of Oppression

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tours from 1pm-7pm 

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event highlighting contemporary issues of oppression in our society. Tunnel of Oppression topics generally raise awareness about specific areas of oppression across identities and communities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age, etc.) and explores the opportunity for social change.

Tunnel of Oppression participants will walk through various scenes that focus on a particular issue of oppression with an assigned tour guide. Scenes can be scripted acting scenes or interactive exhibits that last about 2-5 minutes. The scenes in the Tunnel are not meant to be representative of all people or communities who have experienced oppression. Instead, they are intended to portray one example of how oppression may be experienced.

This academic year, the Tunnel of Oppression will explore topics and systems of oppression, their impact, and how these issues relate to modern day society. Tunnel of Oppression these specific topics in connection to this theme:

  • Racial Microaggressions
  • Colorism
  • Mental health
  • Non-Binary Erasure
  • Sexual Assualt
  • Trans Identities
  • Immigration
  • White fragility and Tears
  • Accessibility 

Sign-up for a Tour!!

Online
Register in advance for a tour HERE. Tours begin every 15 minutes in EUC Maple room and each tour will last about 30 minutes followed by a 20 minute facilitated debrief.

  • Tours run from 1:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Day-of admission for tours are welcome.
  • Large groups or classes (15+) attending a tour should contact pmlentz@uncg.edu to confirm a tour guide

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.

  • Tours run from 1:00pm – 7:00pm

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 SIGN-UP FORM.

Tunnel of Oppression FAQ

What topics will be featured at UNCG’s Tunnel?

Tunnel of Oppression topics generally raise awareness about specific areas of oppression across identities and communities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age, etc.) and explores the opportunity for social change. This academic year, the Tunnel of Oppression will explore topics and systems of oppression, their impact, and how these issues relate to modern-day society.

How can I or my student organization get involved?

Your student organization can assist by:

  1. Signing up to be a day-of volunteer or actor (Volunteer sign-up opens Spring 2020)
  2. Volunteer sign up deadline is Feb 1, 2020.

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 Gus Peña (aepenaes@uncg.edu or 336-334-5090) or Christal Southern (c_stone@uncg.edu)