Building Bridges, 2022

Knowledge is Power: Dismantling Systematic Bias in Educational Institutions

We Invite you to the 27th Building Bridges Conference, Knowledge is Power: Dismantling Systemic Bias in Educational Insitutions happening in-person on March 5th, 2022. The conference begins at 10:00AM CST. The conference will also be livestreamed. 

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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 educational institutions both as tools of oppression and liberation. The goal of the conference is to bring awareness to the multifaceted ways educational institutions perpetuate discrimination, inequality, and misinformation, so that attendees can prepare to recognize and deconstruct information and knowledge bias in their own communities. 

We look forward to engaging in these important conversations in a hybrid format. Our conference will include two highlighted addresses from Michelle Tovar, the Director of Public Engagement at Holocaust Museum Houston who works in advocating for Latinx visibility in museums and schools, and Christian Uwe, a professor at the Univeristy of Minnesota whose research focuses on questions of aesthetics, poetics and their political ramifications particularly in Sub-Saharan and Caribbean literature. In addition, there will be an interactive walkthrough experience and workshops provided by local activists and organizations. We want conference attendees to leave prepared to go into their communities equipped with the tools needed to recognize and dismantle bias in educational institutions. 

In Solidarity,

Mad Chase and Ellie Hartmann

2021-2022 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).

2021-2022 Building Bridges Co-Chairs