Tunnel of Oppression

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The Tunnel of Oppression is a tour that will engage students in an immersive experience of scenes where participants will experience firsthand different forms of oppression through interactive acting, viewing monologues, and multimedia. Participants directly experience the following scenes of oppression: ability, body image, gender identity, homelessness, homophobia, religion, interpersonal violence, race, human trafficking, and mental health. All of the scenes have been written with the Chapel Hill students in mind. Some scenes are direct monologues from student experiences on campus. At the completion of the Tunnel experience participants will go through an active 30 minute processing session where they will discuss the experience and learn how they can “rethink their role” in creating positive social change. 

For more information please visit http://tunnel.unc.edu/.




Abagail Parlier - abigailp@live.unc.edu

class of 2017; African, African-American and Diaspora Studies and Peace, War and Defense double major with a minor in Public Policy

I walked through Tunnel as a freshman and applied the next year for a planning committee position. I wanted to have a direct hand in how Tunnel was branded and created. I wanted to shape Tunnel as much as Tunnel shaped me. My favorite aspect of Tunnel is the evolution of what we deem as important. The social justice issues that people faced last year have changed. Now we have a chance to address the new and revolutionized forms of oppression that people face. People change and society change and Tunnel is changing right along with it.

What excites me about Tunnel is the amount of passionate and driven people behind it. I work with a lot of great human beings who are ambitious and intelligent and are going to have an impact on this campus.

Ajene Robinson-Burris - ajene333@live.unc.edu

My name is Ajene Robinson-Burris. I am a Junior here at UNC majoring in Global Studies and Philosophy and minoring in Classical Humanities. I have been the Acting Coordinator for Tunnel of Oppression for the past two years now and I absolutely love it. I became a part of the planning committee because I wanted hands-on experience with this project that makes such a significant impact on our campus. My favorite aspect of Tunnel of Oppression is that it creates a safe space to be exposed to various issues and it initiates conversation about those issues. This year I am excited to see all of the changes we are planning come into full effect. Tunnel is really going to have a fresh new look this year for those who have been through it before.



Keith Jones, Community Director, Cobb, Carolina Housing

Arienne Milkles, Carolina Housing

Angel Collier, LGBTQ Center

Shelley Gist, Carolina Women's Center

Monica Boswell, Property Manager, Baity Hill, Carolina Housing

Sharbari Dey, Diversity of Multicultural Affairs

 Brian Lackman, Student Union

Hazael Andrew, Assistant Director, Carolina Housing