The Office of Multicultural Affairs will continue its annual Tunnel of Oppression event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SFA theater in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
“This event is designed to challenge people’s perspectives, thoughts and feelings regarding the topic of oppression,” Ciara Wesley, Lumberjack Cultural Association president, said.
The idea for hosting a tunnel of oppression was brought to campus by the Lumberjack Cultural Association in 2007. Due to the lack of members, the organization was unable to host the event. The Office of Multicultural Affairs took on the project with the Lumberjack Cultural Association.
“I want students and the community to gain a different aspect on things,” Alexis Willis, coordinator of tour guides, said. “We have topics ranging from the LGBT community to stereotyping to body imaging.”
This event is meant to shine a light on different situations to help people feel and understand.
“In order to be able to empathize with others, one must have an understanding of what others may be going through,” Nytesia Ross, OMA student supervisor, said.
SFA is an ethnically-diverse institution where students collaborate with others from racial and ethnic groups different from their own.
“Colleges are so diverse, and it is important to bring this kind of awareness to campus,” Wesley said. “It is made to be expressive and make students feel uncomfortable, but that is the main point of the Tunnel of Oppression,” said Willis. It really does make an impact on the students that come to the event. Some students really getemotional.”
Wesley hopes the event will challenge people’s perceptions of issues facing many. “SFA is a growing campus, and in the
world we live in today, it is important to be aware of the people around you,” Wesley said.
Ross said the Tunnel of Oppression allows people to see different sides of oppression and will hopefully open students’ minds about the treatment of others as well as themselves.