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Social Justice and Advocacy

What is the Tunnel of Oppression?

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive tour that allows students, faculty, and staff to understand various types of oppression that marginalized groups often face. The purpose of this nationwide event is to educate and challenge thoughts and perceptions about topics related to oppression, power and privilege. Participants will experience topics related to hazing, mental health stigma, heterosexism, domestic violence, ethnocentrism, body positivity, and racism.

Who should participate?

Students, faculty, and staff who are interested in challenging themselves and learning to think critically about various forms of oppression.

What will you learn?

Those who participate will learn about some of the different forms of oppression that exist, as well as the role that power and privilege plays. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how oppression affects marginalized groups.

How will you learn?

Participants will be guided through a series of scenes that each portray one example of how oppression may be experienced. The scenes aim to educate and challenge participants to think more deeply about issues of oppression, power, and privilege. While the situations encountered may make some uncomfortable, the Tunnel is designed to engage emotions and make participants think critically about what is experienced in the room. After completing the tunnel, there will be opportunities to explore ways to address and improve upon the presented issues of oppression. There will also be an opportunity to debrief what was experienced.

Schedule

Friday, January 29th, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM.
Pegasus Ballroom

Sponsored by

  • Social Justice and Advocacy
  • Parent and Family Fund
  • Student Development and Enrollment Services

Interested in attending Tunnel of Oppression?
Please click here to sign up!

For more information, please contact Edwanna Andrews: Edwanna.Andrews@ucf.edu

Pride Chats

Casual drop-in discussions of hot topics in the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Chats take place every other week, alternating on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3-4pm. Check our event calendar for specific dates and topics. All students are welcome.

Speaker’s Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is a listing of LGBTQ+ and ally students who want to make an impact on the UCF community by sharing their experiences, challenges, and concerns. Students in the Speakers Bureau will be contacted and offered the opportunity to participate when LGBTQ+ Services holds panels, speaking events, or receives requests for student panels from UCF offices, classes, and organizations.

Contact Justin Andrade for more information, Justin.Andrade@ucf.edu

Trans* Visibility Week

“LGBTQ+” can seem like it’s only about differences in sexual orientation. We plan a week of programming in April to recognize the diversity in gender identity and gender expression in our community.

National Coming Out Day

While we understand that some people may decide not to come out, or may not be able to do so safely, LGBTQ+ Services celebrates National Coming Out Day each year on October 11th with a special program showcasing a speaker, panel, and/or film. All students are welcome.

ribbon cutting

Taste Of UCF

Taste of UCF is an annual event that celebrates our diverse community by giving students a taste of cuisine from around the world. Entertainment and food have a special place in all cultures- come see what MSC’s largest event is all about!

Cultural Dance Series

The Cultural Dance Series gives students an opportunity to learn and observe cultural dances from across the globe. The dance series is held monthly at the RWC Find you inner dancer and enjoy some amazing cultural entertainment!

Taboo Talks

Taboo talks is a monthly talk series the MSC initiated in order to get diverse, yet unlikely, conversations started. Taboo Talks provides a space for open, safe dialogue on topics such as Racial Profiling/Stereotypes, Sexuality, Religion, Racial Privilege, Suicide, Rape Culture, Political Issues, and more. The goal is to challenge students thinking, expose unrecognized biases or prejudices, and knock down any stereotypical barriers one may have.

food service with a smile

Gender & Orientation Language Diversity Workshop (GOLD)

The Gender & Orientation Language Diversity Workshop (GOLD) was created by students working in LGBTQ+ Services and aims to provide education on topics concerning appropriate and inappropriate language specific to gender and sexual/romantic orientation within the LGBTQ+ community.

Coming Out Workshop

This LGBTQ+ Services facilitated program addresses concerns about the coming out process for LGBTQ+ individuals. Join the conversation about theory and on how to support a family member or friend who may be coming out or is struggling to find their identity. This workshop explores the process and challenges of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

Volunteer

As a UCF student, you are part of a university that prides itself on providing the best opportunities for its attendees. With hundreds of clubs and organizations available for you to join it might be tough to decide how to make your college experience more personal. MSC is here to help you narrow down your choices.

Volunteering is the perfect way to discover and develop skills that will make you stand out after graduation. It allows you to immerse yourself in your community while still being able to decide how you spend your time and what you put your efforts toward.

To find out how to get involved as a volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Director at mscvol@ucf.edu or stop by our office.

If you are interested in volunteering outside the UCF community, please feel free to use our list below as a starting point for your community service research.

Other Ways to Get Involved