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Dealing with Oppression

Sixteen students wrote and performed skits based off of personal experiences of oppression such as racism, gender roles, gay rights, body image, sexual assault and parental control on Jan. 21 and 22.

“I think it was really relevant to us. I’m glad that the students wrote it. It was very real,” freshman Grace Leroy said.

After the skits were performed, students in the audience were able to share their stories and experiences.

“I think that is so they can relate. So students can know that they are not alone in their experiences and struggles. And know that they have others that they can relate to, who are going through the exact same thing,” mediator of the event, Isaiah Green, said.

Green expressed to the audience that the dialogue was a safe place and that no one present would face judgment for speaking about their experiences.

For an hour, students at the event shared common struggles and advice for dealing with difficult and hurtful situations.

“A lot of times when we go through this stuff we feel like we are alone, but when you share your story it may be a room full of people, and 10 out of 20 people might have gone through the same thing you went through,” Itasha Smith, one of the student actors, said. “It helps people to bring down there guards and help them deal with their problems.”