You can always tell when a kid needs a nap… they begin to whine, babble and generally make no sense.
At a college in Illinois, students seemingly believe that the best way to effect social change is to go to sleep. No, seriously.
“The nap-ins are part of the internal journey to diversity,” student coordinator Marissa Amposta, a senior studying art at Southern Illinois University (SIU), told the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper. “All dreams start while sleeping.”
Amposta is facilitating four two-hour sleep sessions in March for Women’s History Month, setting up a safe space in the rotunda of Morris Library. She said the sessions are meant to “internally generate student dreams of diversity.”
The nap-ins are part of the Dreaming Diversity Art Installation established Monday, the Daily Egyptian reported. The installation is a 15-foot-long fabric scroll hanging in the middle of the library rotunda, where students will write their dreams on pieces of fabric and paper. Amposta also said that a “labyrinth” will be set up in the rotunda, surrounding the scroll, “to help guide students to their dreams.”
“The maze is sort of a metaphor for the general path to diversity,” the student coordinator explained. “It takes a while to reach, and its complicated.” If the entire project relies on individual dreams scribbled by 18- to 22-year-old students just awoken from social justice slumber in the name of vague “diversity,” the path will be winding indeed. But students should watch their step lest they tread on sleeping comrades.
These dreams will be discussed at a women’s panel on March 31, hosted by two of the school’s departments: art and women, gender, and sexuality studies.
“People forget we are still working for equality,” Nicole Tabor, graduate assistant coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center, told the Daily Egyptian. “It might never happen if we stop fighting.” By fighting, does she mean sleeping?