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Tunnel of Oppression Opens Eyes & Mind

Sauk Valley Community College invites the public to “rethink their role” as it presents the Tunnel of Oppression for a fourth year, free of charge, April 2 and 3 in SVCC east mall and Mathis Theatre. 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 and skits showcasing ableism, heterosexism, sexism, classism, ageism and religious oppression.  Following the program, facilitators will help participants reflect on their experiences and put their new-found knowledge to use in their everyday lives. 

Following the tours and skits, a presentation will be done by keynote speaker Roy Juarez Jr. Juarez 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.

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.

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 815-835-6293.