Boxes and Walls to Challenge Students’ Perspective of Diversity and Inclusion

The third-annual “Boxes and Walls” will be hosted by the Office of Residence Life and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee on November 6 from noon – 9 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union. Boxes and Walls is an interactive exhibit and guided tour through rooms that provide a look into the experiences of groups of people who have been historically marginalized and oppressed.

Student organizations and departments within the Division of Student Affairs will come together on this date to create seven interactive rooms along with the addition of a poster display section where around ten student organizations will present displays regarding diversity issues on a wide range of groups and topics.

“Boxes and Walls is a unique and engaging diversity and inclusion program,” said Phil Badaszewski, Assistant Director of Residence Life. “This immersive program is mostly put together by students. We provide the event and the venue, but our students organizations take part so that they can educate the Pitt campus on some of the many issues that people face in today’s society.”

Each room and poster display will be different, so students should enter the 40-60-minute structured walk-through with the expectation that the knowledge and ideas that they may have regarding a particular topic are going to be challenged based off of the gravity of the subjects at hand. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding the experiences they may have had during the simulation.

You can experience the interactive learning experience of Boxes and Walls on November 6 from noon – 9 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union and expand your global and cultural awareness in the process!