Elmhurst University students created an anonymous confessions Instagram account in July for students to share their experiences of injustice on campus.
@Elmhurst_Universitea, the name of the Instagram page, is run by a group of students who wished to stay anonymous for this story, noting that very few people know who the account moderators are.
“We are concerned about the consequences we may face if we are discovered,” they said. “We don’t believe that we are doing anything wrong — in no way are we slandering the institution we attend — but we would like to make it a better place.”
They don’t think that their identity is important to know because the main purpose of the account is to give students a platform to share their stories.
They were inspired to open this account after hearing the stories of injustice faced by students around them who felt their stories were “pushed under the rug.” The page owners also noticed other college students creating confession pages.
“In order to move forward positively, we believe that rather than covering up these instances, they need to be discussed,” they said.
Colleges and universities nationwide have accounts or pages that serve as an anonymous forum for students to share their experiences on campus anonymously to bring awareness to issues.
Students have reacted to the creation of the account with positivity, according to the moderator.
“We are getting many submissions,” they said. “We’ve taken that as a sign that people approve of what we are doing.”