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Tunnel of Oppression Opens Eyes and Minds

Sauk Valley Community College invites the public to “rethink their role” as it presents the Tunnel of Oppression for a second year, free of charge, April 4 and 5 in the SVCC Gym. Both days will have two walk-throughs from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.  It is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power.  Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. Over 35 student/community actors will portray scenarios of lookism, gay bashing, ableism, human trafficking, discrimination and more. At the end of the tour, participants are provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with each other.  Facilitators help participants reflect on their experiences and put their new-found knowledge to use in their everyday lives. 

The purpose of the event is to allow people who may have never been placed in these types of situations to obtain a sense of what it actually feels like to be oppressed through the sights and sounds they experience. It will also allow participants to view discrimination from a different perspective.

Tunnel of Oppression will also have two keynote speakers, Roy Juarez Jr. and LeNie Adolphson. On April 4, Roy Juarez Jr. will speak on his experiences as a homeless teenager who cared for two younger siblings and soon became a college graduate and president of America's Business Leaders. Juarez did a lot of "couch surfing" as he stayed in strangers' homes while he tried to develop the life he has today. Check him out at

On April 5, LeNie Adolphson will present on topics of oppression. Adolphson has been an adjunct instructor at SVCC since 2007 where she teaches western civilization and American ethnic culture courses.

Strong content may bring emotional experience.  The Tunnel of Oppression is open to everyone, although material is not recommended for young children. For more information, contact 815-835-6360.