Building Bridges, 2021

Revolutionizing Tomorrow: Envisioning a World of Collective Liberation

We Invite you to the 26th Building Bridges Conference, Revolutionizing Tomorrow: Envisioning a World of Collective Liberation happening virtually on March 6th, 2021. The conference begins at 10:00AM CST. 

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Conference Preview

The Building Bridges Conference has always been a platform for students to address significant issues of justice in a proactive and informative way. This year’s conference will provide attendees a chance to explore what could be if we all recognize the interconnectedness of our fight for liberation. The goal of the conference is to center radical joy and healing in times of suffering in a seemingly broken world. 

While this year’s conference will look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still look forward to engaging in these important conversations. Our conference will include two highlighted addresses from Olakemi, a spiritual advisor whose platform is centered on collective liberation, and Opal Tometi, one of the Co-Founders of Black Lives Matter. In addition, there will also be workshops provided by local activists and organizations, as well as art pieces collected from the Gustavus community. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion with our workshop presenters as we consider how to move forward. We want conference viewers to leave feeling that they are prepared to go into their communities equipped with tools and knowledge needed to advance collective liberation.

In Solidarity,
Chelsea Boyden and Amanda Braun
2020-2021 Building Bridges Co-Chairs 

About Building Bridges:

Building Bridges is a student organization at Gustavus Adolphus College that focuses on educating and informing community members on issues relating to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Building Bridges’ signature event is the annual Building Bridges Conference, which takes place every spring. The conference is completely organized and run by students who choose the focus of each year’s conference. Building Bridges members work all year to not only educate and bring awareness, but also to give attendees the tools to be active and engaged in these social justice issues. The conference aims to educate the community through keynote speakers, a series of workshops and other interactive elements. Past topics have included: Climate Justice (2020), Immigration (2019), Mental Health (2018), Grassroots Movements (2017), The War on Drugs (2016), Rape Culture (2015), Environmental Justice (2014), and Mass Incarceration (2013).

2020-2021 Building Bridges Co-Chairs