OGDEN -- An event called the Tunnel of Oppression may have seemed like a hard sell, but drew more than 70 curious Weber State University students to the Shepherd Union fourth floor.
Volunteers from the WSU Center for Diversity and Unity led curious students through three rooms, each featuring a short video of a scene depicted by volunteer actors.
The first video was about students sitting in a classroom, loudly stereotyping Asian students and speculating whether they were the smartest students or they were terrorists. The second was on physical harassment of and written anonymous threats against a student because of her sexual orientation.
The third short film was about cyber bullying of an unpopular student, which resulted in her decision to commit suicide, and her death.
The kicker: All three vignettes were based on an actual event that happened at WSU.
"The scripts were written based on what happened, and the people in the videos were actors," said Megan Gour, Stop the Hate chair for the Center for Diversity and Unity. "But all three things really happened here. We wanted to show students what is happening. Even if you think you are joking, you never know what people think of what you say."
Students paused to reflect after the tour.
"I didn't know what to expect," said Ashley Scofield, 19, of Ogden. "I thought the videos were relatable. Some of them were of common occurrences you see all the time. I have been in situations that were like all of those. It makes you more aware of what you do and say, and how it might effect people."
Luke Waldrop, 21, of Ogden, agreed.
"Honestly, my eyes have been opened up to that at Weber State," he said. "You do get a broader mind set, and you realize people are dealing with a lot of different things. This has shown me that I should be even more sensitive. We should all try to be more empathetic, and be aware of what is going on around us, and who might be hurt."