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Enter the Tunnel

History of the Tunnel of Oppression Nationally

The Tunnel of Oppression is loosely based on the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA, and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. It was Western Illinois University that first developed the Tunnel to raise awareness about different forms of oppression. The "Tunnel of Oppression" began in WIU's residence halls in 1994 and has been recognized and implemented nationally since.

The Tunnel of Oppression at Texas State University is hosted by the Department of Housing and Residential Life. It started in 2015 in an effort to educate faculty, staff, and students on issues of power and privilege and the systems that create oppression.

(Adapted from Boise State University Multicultural Student Services)


Learning Outcomes

  1. The participant will be able to recognize injustice in structures that cause and maintain oppression.
  2. The participant will be able to recognize the implications of being a bystander.
  3. The participant will understand the impact of micro aggressions and macro aggressions in daily life.
  4. The participant will learn about social responsibility and active citizenship in a democratic society.