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Here is some key terminology to help you better understand the Tunnel of Oppression. The definitions given are not the only ones; they are the ones we have chosen to highlight for the purpose of this event. We encourage you to explore more sources to gain a better understanding of the subjects.


Diversity– the distribution of difference among members of a population/group; a range of human, social and cultural characteristics which shape our sense of self and our relationship to the social world

Inclusion– a relation between two groups when all members of the first group are also members of the second; in other words: Inclusion means all participate and all belong

Social Justice – the fair and proper administration of laws so that EVERYONE is treated without prejudice. Recognition of the value/dignity of every human being and working through equity and toward equality

Equity (quality) vs. equality (quantity)—justness, fairness, impartiality, and even-handedness in amount/treatment versus uniform distribution/exact division/each person receiving the same amount/treatment); in social justice terms, equality cannot be achieved until equity is achieved.

Privilege – a set of advantages or benefits over certain people or groups of people (natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, and/or social relations). To give a person a special freedom or immunity from some liability or burden to which other people are subjected to. They are the invisible unearned assets that we count on and cash in on each day without realizing it.

Oppression— the result from the use of institutional power and privilege where one person or group benefits at the expense of another; the use of power and the effects of domination.