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UW-Eau Claire’s Ninth Annual Tunnel of Oppression
To Include New Elements, Offer New Experience

 MAILED:  Oct. 28, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s ninth annual Tunnel of Oppression will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12. The nationally recognized program will offer free 60-minute tours 5-9 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Making Our School An Intercultural Community sponsors the interactive program to raise awareness and educate people about the different types of oppression found in today’s society. Participants will be guided through settings aimed at issues of ethnic racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance.

“This year we are exploring a different format than in years past,” said MOSAIC adviser Paul Krikau. “If you’ve seen the Tunnel before, don’t expect the same guided tour. This year the tunnel includes more thoughtful elements and allows more time for participants to think about what they’re experiencing.”

“The members of MOSAIC have worked hard to create something new for those who have come to the Tunnel in previous years,” added MOSAIC president Dusty Huebner, a senior from Watertown. “The scenarios function similarly to the way a discovery museum works, passive in some areas and interactive in others, allowing for different experiences for each individual,” said Huebner.

The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to tour the tunnel. Afterwards, participants can discuss the feelings and thoughts provoked by the experience in a debriefing room.

MOSAIC is a Housing and Residence Life task force devoted to diversity education at UW-Eau Claire and in the Eau Claire community.

For more information, e-mail MOSAIC at uwecmosaic@yahoo.com.

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Updated: October 28, 2003