Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression: Rethink Everything. March 9-11, 2020 in the UC Ballroom

Propose an Exhibit for Tunnel of Oppression

The success of the Tunnel is dependent on our campus commitment to diversity issues and community building. We are looking for student groups, campus departments and community organizations to help make this year's Tunnel a success. If you have an idea for a Tunnel exhibit that you or your organization would like to produce please consider submitting an exhibit proposal. If you have any questions about the proposal process, or you would like to discuss your ideas before submitting an official proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us-we would be thrilled to schedule a brainstorming session. Together we can work together to promote a positive attitude about differences and encourage each other to learn, respect, and appreciate diversity. Call for proposals closes February 9, 2020.

Register for a Tour

To reserve your spot on a tour, please fill out the 2020 Tunnel of Oppression registration form.

What is the Tunnel of Oppression?

Working in collaboration with various campus departments, student groups and community organizations the University Center is hosting the 10th Annual Tunnel of Oppression on March 9-11, 2020. The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. It is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other. Facilitators help participants reflect on their experiences and put their newfound knowledge to use in their everyday lives.

The History of 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 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 about how it really feels to be in the various situations.

Volunteer for the Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression offers a great opportunity to volunteer and collaborate. If you are interested in volunteering for the day of, preparations prior, clean up after or anything in between we would appreciate your help. Contact Lea Graham at lea.graham@mso.umt.edu and Morgan Starnes at morgan.starnes@mso.umt.edu if you are interested in volunteering.


For general questions or if you are interested in joining the Tunnel of Oppression Committee, please contact, Hailey Michelson, at hailey.michelson@mso.umt.edu or (406) 243-5776.

Tunnel of Oppression Photo Gallery