ECC presents 3rd-annual Tunnel of Intersections

Mar 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Community College At past exhibits, participants were encouraged to write responses to the question “What are your intersections?” on the exhibit’s graffiti table.

In its third year, this free exhibit invites the community to interact with a student-created series of vignettes that explore the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented groups of people.

“In the Tunnel of Intersections, participants walk through interactive exhibits designed to express the oppression of marginalized groups that too often are invisible members of our community,” Cathie Agor, an exhibit team organizer, said. Agor is Associate Director for Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention at the college.

Edmonds Community College presents this year’s exhibit from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, on campus in Woodway Hall, room 202. The college is located at 20000 68th Ave. W in Lynnwood. Directions and a campus map are available at www.edcc.edu/campus.

The past two exhibits featured the experiences of veteran students, domestic violence, breastfeeding, childhood poverty, American Muslims, international students, food insecurity, religion and sexuality, low-income and first generation students, among others.

Participants are encouraged to share their observations and reactions to the exhibit in informal debriefing sessions.

“We hope this exhibit will spark healthy and vigorous discussion among participants, and ultimately will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of how various members of our community cope on a daily basis with the intersections that are an integral part of their identities,” Agor said.

The exhibit is fashioned after the nationally-recognized “Tunnel of Oppression,” which was first created as a campus grassroots diversity program at Western Illinois University and can now be found at many colleges and universities around the nation.

Inspiration for the first “Tunnel of Oppression” came from the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Locally, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma has also presented its version of the exhibit for several years.

“This event fulfills part of our core college mission to strengthen our diverse community,” said Daniel Griesbach, event chair and Pre-College faculty member.

“It provides a safe and welcoming environment to discuss our differences and is the embodiment of true collaboration between students and employees that draws our campus closer together.”

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