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Tunnel of Oppression comes to MSU Feb. 27 and 28

January 26, 2012

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Montana State University will host the Tunnel of Oppression, a campus grassroots diversity program, on Feb. 27 and 28 in the Strand Union Ballrooms.

The SUB Ballrooms will be transformed into an interactive tour of exhibits created by a number of campus and local organizations, including the VOICE Center, American Indian Council, the Women's Center, Baha'i Campus Club, Residence Life Diversity and Social Justice Committee, Students for Choice, Students for Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Sustained Dialogue, Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations, Queer Straight Alliance, Family and Graduate Housing as well as exhibits from sculpture classes.

The groups met during the fall semester, selecting topics that will implement exhibits in the two-day event. The exhibits will be aimed at pushing students to think about how oppression affects individuals in different ways and create discussion around the issues.

Tours of the tunnel will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days, and are open to the campus community. Tour space will be limited.
Loosely based on the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Tunnel of Oppression originated in 1993 at Western Illinois University. It is now utilized by campuses across the country as a way to build awareness on a variety of contemporary social justice issues and types of oppression that people experience.

Those interested in becoming involved, or who would like to reserve space for a tour, should contact the MSU Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu