Tunnel of Oppression Returns to UM

February 19, 2014

MISSOULA – The Tunnel of Oppression will return to the University of Montana March 3-6 in the University Center Ballroom.

This year the topics include ableism, privilege, homelessness, transgender identity issues, human trafficking, first-nations peoples’ representation, class inequity and the environment.

The 2014 Tunnel of Oppression will include an appearance by Laverne Cox, transgender activist and star of TV series “Orange is the New Black,” the Montana premiere of the film “Boom,” and a mattress vigil for the awareness of human trafficking benefiting iEmpathize, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate child exploitation.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a national program intended to educate and raise awareness about systems of oppression and privilege. The grassroots campus program originated in 1983 at Western Illinois University and was modeled after the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

It features immersive exhibits meant to simulate the experience of various forms of oppression such as racism, homophobia, domestic violence and poverty in order to trigger empathy, understanding and conversation. University Center students have coordinated the Tunnel of Oppression at UM since 2010.

Scheduling a class or department tour in advance of March 3 is encouraged but not required. Tours are capped at 25 participants. Tour schedules, online reservations and more information can be found online at http://umt.edu/tunnel.

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Contact: Adrianne Donald, associate director for student involvement and communications, University Center, 406-243-6029, adonald@mso.umt.edu.