Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression is an event that invites participation from ALL people. If you need information regarding accessibility or have questions regarding access, please email Social Justice Education at sojoedu@iupui.edu or call 317-274-2815. If you are in need of a translator, please also contact our office prior to your anticipated date of participation.

Back for the fifth year in a row, the Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive production created by the Social Justice Scholars, Resident Assistants, and other dedicated staff and students. The Tunnel aims to highlight contemporary social justice issues and to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, micro aggressions, and the “isms” faced by numerous communities in today’s society.  Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think critically about issues of oppression. At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other through a guided facilitation led by a faculty or staff member. 

We are pleased to announce that the Tunnel of Oppression Fall 2017 will be taking place on the fourth floor of the IUPUI Campus Center for 3 days on:

  • November 7 from 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM
  • November 8 from 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM
  • November 9 from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

This year, Tunnel of Oppression is honored to be a part of the Spirit & Place Festival. Spirit & Place is a "community project managed by The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The Polis Center works collaboratively to provide community-based research, analysis, information, and access to advanced information technologies. Spirit & Place is an example of Polis's commitment to creating collaborative, practical, and effective solutions for the communities in which we live." Their mission is "to be a catalyst for civic engagement through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion. Through the arts, the festival uses the language of metaphor to explore sometimes difficult ideas. Through the humanities, the festival illuminates the distinct and common narratives of the human condition. Through religion, the festival embraces the values of compassion, fairness, hospitality, and service that fuel our life in community.

The Spirit & Place Festival 2017 occurs from Nov. 3 - 12 and explores the theme of "Power". For more information on the Festival or the organization, please visit Space & Place Org

In order to create a successful Tunnel, we need a vast amount of support! There are numerous opportunities and ways to get involved! No experience needed! We're looking for volunteers for the following roles:

      • Actor/performer (roleplay in various scenes)
      • Audio/Lights Technician (in charge of turning on/off lights in between scenes and playing audio/videos for the different rooms)
      • Registration (help people sign in and register for the event)

Please sign up on Tunnel of Oppression Fall 2017 Volunteer Formto get involved!

Interested in taking a class or group through Tunnel? Please fill Tunnel of Oppression Fall 2017 Group Reservationsand we will contact you about a scheduled time to see Tunnel of Oppression 2017.

Tunnel of Oppression is currently looking for Faculty/ Staff to serve as facilitator for Tunnel Processing. If you are interested in being a facilitator, please Sign Up Here.