Event will give students interactive look at oppression

The Office of Residential Services, Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life will co-host an interactive event that will give students a first-hand look at different types of oppression in hopes of promoting awareness on campus, the director of Moncrief Hall said.

Hall Director Trisha Teig said the Tunnel of Oppression, a social event produced at colleges nationwide, will be made up of several rooms each exposing different forms of oppression in a variety of ways. Teig, who is also the Office of Residential Services’ diversity committee chairwoman, said activities in the rooms will vary from informative multimedia to role-playing oppression scenarios.

Teig said domestic violence, religious and racial discrimination are a few of the topics that will be addressed. She said she hopes the event will increase knowledge and ultimately encourage students to take action.

“We believe students need to have an awareness of what’s going on in the world,” Teig said. “Our hope is that we can open some eyes to important issues for our students.”

Teig said one way to get students involved is to incorporate them in the planning and the production of the event. Each room will be sponsored by a student organization and the topic for that particular room comes directly from the organization itself, she said.

“The topics are the ones that the student groups feel they need to be addressed on TCU’s campus,” Teig said.

Residential Services also helped with the planning of the tunnel said Alexis Branaman,resident assistant at Milton Daniel Hall.

Branaman, who also is the chapter president of TCU Amnesty International, said Residential Services has made an effort to engage in social issues and programs this year.

“The tunnel is a way that they’re trying to involve themselves more in diversity on campus,” Branaman said.

Tunnel of Oppression
When: April 14 to 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
For more information, contact
Trisha Teig at [email protected]

A reason why resident assistants put an emphasis on social justice issues is the amount of RA’s already involved on campus with programs, Branaman said.

“It makes it much easier,” she said. “It makes it easier for the hall directors because they have contact people on staff, and it makes it easier for people who are involved in social justice to be allowed to ask and bring up the issues in the residence halls.”

Branaman said Residential Services has also set up the location for the tunnel, and are screening the proposals to ensure students take the event seriously.

The event is scheduled for April 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Trisha Teig at [email protected]