Committees & Co-Captains


Events and Campus Engagement

The Events Committee plans and hosts events related to the topic, both before and after the conference. These events are open to everyone on campus and create space in which members of the community can engage with Building Bridges and the conference topic.


 Events Committee Co-Captain: Emily Falk (she/they)

Emily is a senior Political Science, Spanish, and LALACS triple major with a minor in History from Foley, Minnesota. This is her fourth year in Building Bridges and cannot wait to learn more about how higher education has been exclusive & inaccessible for the majority of folks around the world. 


Events Committe Co-Captain: Olivia Falk (she/her)

Olivia is a sophomore Biology and Biology Teaching major with a minor in Coaching from Foley Minnesota. This is her second year in Building Bridges and first year as a co-captain and Executive Board member. She is excited about this year’s topic and to learn more about biases that exist in the education world, especially as a future educator!

Action Piece

An essential component of the Building Bridges Conference is the interpretive walkthrough which typically takes place on the second floor of Beck Hall. This year, action piece will be presented virtually with different segments sprinkled in throughout the day. Their goal is to engage artists from a wide array of platforms, highlighting expressions of collective liberation through art.


Action Piece Co-Captain: Haley Lukes (she/her) 

Haley is a junior Social Studies Education major from Glencoe, Minnesota. This is Haley's second year as a executive board member and her first year as an action piece co-captain. Haley is excited to be back and working with action piece! The topic of this year's conference is near to her heart as an education major and she is extremely excited for others to learn more about education justice!


Action Piece Co-Captain: Sage Kiefer (she/her)

Sage is a junior Studio Arts, Spanish, and LALACS triple major with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from Waconia, Minnesota. This is Sage's thir year in Building Bridges and first year as a co-captain. Sage is excited to see everybody's work come together to make a unique and educational experience! 


The Workshops Committee coordinates and plans the workshops that happen the day of the Building Bridges Conference. These range from speakers to interactive activities. The workshops help to further the understanding of the conference theme, and expand or bring in new perspectives on the general topic.


Workshops Co-Captain: Mackenzie (Mack) Bergen (she/her)

Mack is a first-year student with a major in Communication Arts and Literature Teaching from St. Michael, Minnesota. This is Mack's first year with Building Bridges and is eager to to meet all of our speakers and hear what they have to say during workshops! 

Communication and Promotion

This is Communication and Promotion's second year as a committee in Building Bridges. "CoPro" is focused on promoting the conference within the Gustavus community and informing others about Building Bridges' mission. Their goal is to come up with creative and engaging forms of communication to attract a large audience to the conference. 


Communication and Pro motion Co-Captain: Emily Haugen (she/her)

Emily is a junior theatre major from Zumbrata, Minnesota. This is her second year with Building Bridges and she is a Co-Captain of the Communication and Promotion Committee. She is also involved in Chapel Choir and Social Justice Choir, and she works in the theatre scene shop. Emily is passionate about theatre and its potential for education and justice. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling. This year Emily is excited to