Penn State Altoona presents Tunnel of Oppression
The Tunnel of Oppression will be at Penn State Altoona February 17 -18, 2014. It
is an interactive program highlighting contemporary issues and concepts of oppression, privilege,
The 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, the Tunnel allows people to experience oppression in a hands-on way.
As they are guided through a series of scenes, students, faculty, and staff are challenged to
address their own biases, misconceptions, preconceived notions, stereotypes, and prejudices.
Ultimately, the Tunnel attempts to examine and fracture the barrier that divides those who are
victims of oppression from those who are not.
Afterward, participants experience the Tunnel of Hope which helps them explore ways to
address and improve upon the presented issues of oppression. There are also ways to debrief
what through silent refection or facilitated discussion.
The Tunnel is offered February 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., February 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and
5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
More information is available at www.altoona.psu.edu/oied/tunnel.php online. The program is
sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.