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Experience the Tunnel of Oppression on April 8

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Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive tour of identities that seeks to raise awareness about issues of oppression by presenting content grounded in real-world, lived experiences. Participants move through spaces filled with images, scenarios and videos that reflect examples of social injustice. The experience ends with a guided debriefing session led by professional staff members.

This year’s Tunnel of Oppression will take place on Tuesday, April 8, from 1 pm to 10 pm in the Tabler Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities. The tunnel will explore race, rape culture, heteronormativity, class/homelessness/food insecurity, ability and sizeism/lookism. Students, faculty and staff can sign up for 75-minute tour sessions. Please click here to register now.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Residential Programs and the Center for Prevention and Outreach. For more information please call (631) 632-6760 or email

More About Tunnel of Oppression
Tunnel of Oppression is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, as a model, Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective. People may have never been placed in these types of situations, and they obtain a sense of what it actually feels like to be oppressed or discriminated through the sights and sounds they experience. While Tunnel may be disturbing, it is an effective tool used to teach people how it really feels to be in the various situations. Since its inception, many universities have hosted the event, including some of our neighboring institutions such as Pace University, New York University, SUNY College at Old Westbury and Adelphi University. In the past, Tunnel of Oppression at Stony Brook has explored topics such as class and homelessness, gender identity, sexual orientation, rape culture, race, religion and ability.

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