'Boxes and Walls' educational experience gives students lesson in diversity

Published On: Feb 19 2013 12:01:25 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2013 07:37:18 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Area students had the unique experience Monday of seeing what it's like to live in someone else's shoes.

A number of UW-La Crose diversity organizations came together for a unique educational experience called "Boxes and Walls."

Each group created a space for people to see life through a different perspective, focusing on experiencing the issues they might come across.

That includes different abilities, sexual orientations, and privileges. "It's really just an opportunity for our peers and colleagues to have a better understanding about diversity, about oppression and about privilege, and to do it in a way that's experimental, experiential and to have an opportunity to also talk about what you've experienced," said Will Van Roosenbeek from UW-L's Diversity Coalition.

Students from area high schools went through the different rooms on Monday. One student we talked to says it was an eye opening experience. "It's easy to accept people because they're still human, we bleed the same color, we are all the same, just we're different, but it's okay to be different," said Holmen High School sophomore Sidney Condos.