PSU Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 03/04 2014 06:25PM

Updated 03/04 2014 06:49PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- An on-campus exhibit at Pittsburg State University demonstrates stereotypes to the community. The school is calling the exhibit the "Tunnel of Oppression." It is an interactive program for people to walk through and see what different stereotypes there are for all types of groups. One student who went through the exhibit has experienced oppression, but wanted to learn how not to stereotype others. PSU Junior Karen Cruz was one of the first students to walk through the Tunnel of Oppression.

"Curiosity was a big deal, I'm Hispanic so I see a lot of oppression, I wanted to see how that was represented and everything," said Karen Cruz, PSU Junior. 

For Cruz, the exhibit showed her stereotypes have no boundaries.

"Anyone can get oppressed, like it doesn't have to be because of your race, it doesn't have to be because of your sexuality. Like you can get oppressed for things you don't control," said Cruz. 

"There's a lot of different areas that are touched upon in the tunnel, where hopefully you can experience what it would be like," said Maria Thompson, PSU Student Diversity Assistant Director. 

PSU Student Diversity Assistant Director Maria Thompson says student organizations put together nine different stations, covering topics like sexism, violence, and mental illness.

"It's an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, even the community to come out and take a chance and take some time to walk in a different persons shoes," said Thompson.  

At the end of the exhibit, people can write their name to show they want to help end oppression. Something Cruz hopes to see one day. 

"Just because it's different doesn't mean that you can't appreciate it. Everything is good in its own way," said Cruz. 

Some of the other topics in the exhibit are racial discrimination, LGBQ oppression, and human trafficking the exhibit will run until 9 tonight and will run from 9 to 9 tomorrow inside the Overman Student Center.

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