Gustavus Building Bridges

The 2017 Building Bridges Conference

We invite you to join us for the 22nd Annual Building Bridges Conference, Uprooting Injustice: Fostering the Growth of Grassroots Movements, on Saturday, March 4 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The conference will begin at 10:00 AM in Christ Chapel. This student-led social justice conference will explore the necessity for grassroots activism and inspire attendees to cultivate activism in their own lives. The conference features two keynotes and a highlighted workshop, a social justice theatre performance, an interpretive walk-through, and a variety of smaller workshops for individuals to attend.

We are thrilled to welcome Nekima Levy-Pounds, 2017 Minneapolis mayoral candidate and former NAACP chapter president, and Winona LaDuke, lifelong indigenous rights and environmental activist from the White Earth Reservation, as our keynote speakers.

The conference will also feature a highlighted workshop led by social arts activist Naomi Natale. Ms. Natale is the artistic director of The Art of Revolution and is renowned for creating and implementing “One Million Bones,” a national art project displayed on the National Mall in protest of international genocide.

The conference is supplemented with a series of workshops and an interactive walkthrough to allow attendees to fully explore the dynamic role of grassroots action in bringing about social change. This conference focuses on the connection between three main themes of activism: justice, peace, and sustainability. We firmly believe that we cannot achieve a just world without understanding the connections between these themes, as well as building movements that are multifaceted and intersectional.

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. The conference aims to educate the community through keynote speakers, a series of workshops and an interactive action piece. Past topics have included: the war on drugs (2016), rape culture (2015), environmental justice (2014), and mass incarceration (2013).

2016-17 Building Bridges Co-Chairs