UI’s Boxes and Walls Brings Activism Home

Friday, April 4 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 4, 2014 – Students at the University of Idaho are inviting the community to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – at least for a few minutes – with the  Boxes and Walls exhibit that personalizes oppression and highlights the importance of activism by bringing it home for the individual April 10-12 at the Gooding Wing, Wallace Complex(1080 W 6th St., Moscow, ID 83843). 

Based on the Tunnel of Oppression concept presented at other universities, participants are led by a tour guide through a series of rooms. Each room is designed to focus on a historically oppressed group, culture or social justice concern named by students. Along the way, participants are placed into situations, doing activities, while being confronted with a wealth of information. 

“The Boxes and Walls experience gives us all a glimpse of what being part of each group might be like, both historically and in the present day,” said Julia Keleher, coordinator of LGBTQA programming at UI and Boxes and Walls committee chair. “The goal is to help people understand oppression and its effects on our community – at an individual, even visceral level.” 

Participants will be guided through four rooms, each representing a theme. This year, the themes are poverty, privilege, language and ability. Once engaged and inspired, students are encouraged to then take action and “advocate for breaking down the walls of oppression,” Keleher said. 

A new program at UI this year, the Boxes and Walls committee will present the experience every year, identifying four themes that represent a marginalized group of people. The tours will be held in first floor Gooding Wing, Wallace Complex (1080 W 6th St., Moscow, ID 83843). Times and dates are Thursday, April 10, 2 – 8 p.m.; Friday, April 11, 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, 4 – 8 p.m.  More information about the tours and to RSVP for a tour, please visit the website at www.uidaho.edu/boxesandwalls. 

All rooms are created by multicultural student organizations from the University of Idaho with the exception of Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP), which is a community non-profit organization. Groups involved are: Amnesty International, ATVP,  Black Student Union, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Lambda Theta Phi and Interested Men of Lambda Theta Phi, Native American Student Organization,  Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino Americanos (OELA), UNITY, and the Women’s Center.  

For more information, contact Julia Keleher at boxesandwalls@uidaho.edu or 208-885-6583.


Julia Keleher, 
LGBTQA Office and Programs coordinator

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