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Tunnel of Oppression art project winners revealed

Posted Apr. 22, 2014

Winners of Kent State University at Trumbull's 2014 Tunnel of Oppression poster and art project were announced on Monday, April 21. The sixth annual project, titled “Hate Crimes,” was judged by members of the Kent State Trumbull Diversity Council and/or affiliated members.

Prizes were awarded to the top three overall finishers, including:Lanstrum first place
  • Jennifer Lanstrum (first place, Kent State book bag)
  • Amanda Clay (second place, Kent State sweatshirt)
  • Teresa McCready (third place, Kent State t-shirt)
A trio of submissions received honorable mention including those submitted by Brooke Habeger, Erin Hughes and Cynthia Davis.

According to information provided by the Diversity Council, “The term hate crimes developed in the 1980s by policy advocates and journalists efforts to classify very specified and targeted crimes.

"The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009 making gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation protected categories under federal hate crime statutes. Hate crimes are “crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” The American Psychological Association classifies hate crimes as, “prejudices’ most extreme expression.”

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, from 2007 to 2011, an estimated annual average of 259,700 hate crime victimizations occurred against persons’ age 12 or older in the U.S.

Contestants had to have been enrolled at Kent Trumbull at the time of project submission. Posters had to have been no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 22" x 28." No digital submissions were accepted.

The Diversity Council would like to thank the Kent Trumbull Bookstore, Kent Trumbull Library and Campus Duplicating Center for assistance with this year's project.