Martin Luther King Jr. Day Hosts Tunnel of Oppression

Sam Mungai, News Writer •

Student groups hosted a Tunnel of Oppression on Sunday, January 14, as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations. It is the first time such an event has been hosted at the college.

The organizer of the event, Sociology Professor Amy Sorensen, said, “The Tunnel of Oppression is an event that is aimed at offering students the opportunity to come face to face with different types of inequality and oppression that exist in the community.”
This year, about five student groups participated in organizing different rooms that each contained a different form of oppression.

Sorensen explained that “each room is designed to evoke a specific thought about the oppression they are being exposed to.”

Sophomore Jamesha Pace said, “This event hit home because it reminded her of a friend that is being affected by the current immigration policy change, as well as it has opened my eyes to the different forms of oppression that are outside the common black versus white oppression.”

The rooms were sponsored by the Climate Collaborative Organization, The Center for Inclusion and Diversity, ABX sorority Student Government Association (GSA), and a counseling room for any student who felt emotional troubled in the tunnel.

An environmentally-themed room had a profound impact on one student. The room consisted of members taking an interactive role play in some of the scenarios that many victims faced both during and after the disaster of Hurricane Harvey.

Sophomore Destiny Cobb said, “This room profoundly impacted me emotionally because it reminded me of Hurricane Harvey that left many people homeless. Most of the scenarios I couldn’t imagine myself facing in a time of grave danger and despair.”

Junior Ana Rampy, a member of the Climate Collaborative Organization, said, “The room was aimed at giving students an idea how climate change was related to racism, because it’s not a lack of resources that the matter rather a lack of accessibility for the people affected.”

In the end, Sorenson said, she felt the Tunnel of Oppression attained its overall goal of exposing the student body and members of the community to different forms of oppression.


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