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Annual Tunnel of Oppression
to Feature New Issues and Images

RELEASED: Oct. 2, 2006

MOSAIC logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 11th annual Tunnel of Oppression will take place Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 16-18. The nationally recognized program will offer free 45-minute tours from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Towers Basement.

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 body image, sexual assault, non-native English speakers and oppression of Native Americans.

The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to tour the tunnel. New tours will start every 10 minutes. Afterwards, participants can discuss the feelings and thoughts provoked by the experience in a debriefing room.

"Even if participants have seen the Tunnel of Oppression before, they should attend again this year," said Emily Langer, MOSAIC president. "It is completely different from years past and covers a wide variety of topics. This 'in-your-face' program allows everyone to understand the challenges others may face every day."

MOSAIC is a Housing and Residence Life task force devoted to diversity education at UW-Eau Claire and in the Eau Claire community. If you are interested in attending meetings to plan programs like the Tunnel of Oppression, attend MOSAIC meetings at 8 p.m. Mondays in the Towers Hall conference room.

For reserved tickets for tours or for more information, e-mail MOSAIC at uwecmosaic@uwec.edu.

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