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Published March 06, 2011, 09:32 PM

UND's Tunnel Teaches About Oppression

University of North Dakota students are trying to stop oppression in society, in a unique way.

University of North Dakota students are trying to stop oppression in society, in a unique way.

An interactive tunnel is supposed get people to think about diversity more positively

"It's really interesting to see how people struggle when they come to a university setting," said Lisa Schock, with the Tunnel of Oppression.

UND students are bringing some of these struggles to everybody's attention through the Tunnel of Oppression.

"If we don't step outside our boxes and try to understand other forms of oppression and how they exist in our society, we can't really go about changing that," said Trevor Warzecha.

The tunnel uses a series of simulations, from skits to videos to literature, to address topics like homophobia, racism and sexual abuse. The viewer sees these situations firsthand and how they negatively affect the world.

Warzecha said the simulations are very real and can be very intense.

"It crosses a few lines, but that's almost necessary to open peoples eyes."

Schock said it may help people see address their own fears or stereotypes.

"When you don't have the opportunity to confront those fears, those feelings..people don't understand why they feel that way," she said.

This event is also open to the Grand Forks community because lessons in diversity don't just stop after class is over."

"You work with everyone. You don't know who you'll work with in the work world. You don't know who you'll meet on a daily basis," said advisor Casey Weaver.

The tunnel runs, in Johnstone Hall, from Tuesday to Thursday nights at 5:30.

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