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Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression - person walking through a dark tunnel


The Tunnel of Oppression program is an interactive, immersive presentation meant to raise awareness and explore different types of oppression.  Started at WCU in 2016, the Tunnel of Oppression is designed and produced through the collaboration of the Department of Intercultural Affairs campus partners and our amazing students.

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. Hundreds of Institutions have adopted this program and present it on their campus annually. 

The Tunnel is an eye-opening, conscious-raising experience: a brief introduction for those who have rarely experienced oppression or an acknowledgment to those who have. After a 20-minute guided tour through the Tunnel, participants are led to a Room of Hope to discuss the experience with CAPS trained volunteers.

FALL 2023

Tuesday, November 14
Tours start every 15 minutes
9:00 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 5:00pm
Blue Ridge Conference
Reservations highly recommended.
Faculty that would like to register their class as a group please send an email request to 

Topics include- Latinx Experience, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW), Bi sexuality/ Bi Erasure, Denying and Ignoring Mental Health


Last revised 10-24-23

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