“Boxes and Walls” encourages exploration of diversity

Monday, November 12, 2012 9:05:00 PM

“Boxes and Walls," a national program best described as an interactive oppression museum, will make its annual appearance at Stritch Nov. 12-16 in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center. 

Each "room" presents a diversity-related experience that allows visitors to feel what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes. The rooms at Stritch focus on gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status. The program allows participants to feel the oppression that many of our students live with on a daily basis.

The following formats are available to best suit participants’ schedules and needs:

Traditional tours: Organizers will lead tour groups through an interactive experience that incorporates activities in each room. At the end of the program, groups will meet with a staff or faculty member to process their experience. Tours take a little over an hour and can be scheduled for any time during the week. Please contact Jenni Herrick at to set up a tour.

Walk-through tours: This year, the program will offer walk-through tours Monday through Thursday from 4 -7 p.m., as well as Friday 9 -11 a.m.  Participants will follow a self-guided tour that incorporates reflection prompts.

Class experiences: Faculty members who wish to bring students during their class period or would like students to participate for credit may contact Jenni Herrick at to create a format for the group.

Stritch’s presentation of “Boxes and Walls” is modeled after a program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“Boxes and Walls’ is sponsored by Student Development in coordination with the First Year Experience program.