Ashley McIntyre

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Boxes and Walls: A Multicultural Exhibit of Oppression Through Time

Published: Mar 27, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) — Tearing down the walls of diversity is a task that requires one to think outside of the box. 'Boxes and Walls' is hosted by CATalyst, which has teamed up with six other organizations to build a multicultural museum for students to explore.

 

The exhibits are designed to personalize the struggle of tearing down these walls of oppression and to educate attendees on the impact of this persecution over time.

Keeping with this year's theme, "Oppression through Time," participating organizations are building their exhibits to reflect the impact of oppression on historically oppressed groups.

 

Alexis Asamoah, president of the African Student Association, says that she hopes their exhibit will take attendees back in time.

 

“We would like students to understand the effects of colonization through an interactive experience they may not be able to have anywhere else. When students come into our room, we would hope that they would feel as if they are being transported to a different time period,” Asamoah said.

 

The goal is to highlight that oppression wears many masks, but underlying similarities can unite efforts toward inclusion against the common enemy of discrimination. The hope is that attendees leave with a better understanding and desire to take part in making our community a safer and fairer place for all students.

 

“Boxes & Walls is all about getting students to walk in the shoes of students who may have experiences that are widely different from their own.  Through these different experiences, we gain insight into the realities of the world we live in, and we learn more about ourselves,” said Robert Cardom, CATalyst advisor and Boxes & Walls coordinator.

 

The six participating organizations that are working together to make this event possible are: NAACP, African Student Association, Latino Student Association, Sexperts, UK Center for Community Outreach, and the International Student Council.  In addition, UK partners include Residence Life, Office of Student Involvement, and the Office of Institutional Diversity. It is a unique experience that allows students to study and celebrate the diversity of their campus.

 

This year's experience will take place from 4-7 p.m. April 7-9, in the Center for Student Involvement, located in the Student Center. Tickets are required for each tour departure time and are available online at http://boxeswalls.eventbrite.com. Tour groups are capped to 15 guests at a time, and tours begin every half-hour.

 

Boxes & Walls started at UK in 2010.  Since then, CATalyst has managed to carry the torch, with the help of students from a range of partnering organizations. Each year, more than 200 participants go through the Boxes & Walls experience.

 

To learn more about this event, please contact Robert Cardom, by email at rod223@uky.edu or by phone, 859-257-6780 or visit the Office of Student Involvement in Room 203 of the Student Center.

 

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