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What is the Tunnel of Oppression?

Tunnel of Oppression started in the early 1990s as a grassroots diversity program at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Rooted in concepts from the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the program was designed to expose students to the realities of oppression with a full sensory experience.

At BGSU, our goal is to encourage our students to think critically about issues of diversity, power, privilege, and social justice. We want our students to look at the world through others’ lenses, attempt to understand their perspectives, and help us in building “an inclusive, safe, and respectful community”* for all members of the BGSU Community. By encouraging “an awareness of diverse thoughts, ideas, and experiences on our campus in which our community members are empowered to use their voices and be heard”*, we are better preparing our students for their roles in their future communities for generations to come.


*– taken from the Office of Residence Life Diversity Statement

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