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

Olivia is a junior Biology and Biology Teaching major with a minor in Coaching from Foley Minnesota. This is her third year in Building Bridges and second year as a co-captain. Outside of Building Bridges, Olivia is involved in Students for Reproductive Freedoms, Club Tennis, and is a Biology Tutor. Olivia is super excited for all of the events and especially excited for Building Bridges Week. 

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: Ainsley Langerud (she/her) 

Ainsley is a junior History major with a double minor in Political Science and Film and Media Studies form Huntington Beach, California. This is Ainsley's first year in Building Bridges, so she's excited to meet new people leading up to the conference. Outside of Building Bridges, Ainsley is an academic assistant for the Film and Media Studies department. 

Action Piece Co-Captain: Sophie Norman (she/her)

Sophie is a junior Communication Studies and Music double major from Hopkins, Minnesota. This is Sophie's second year in Building Bridges and for this year she is especially looking forward to Building Bridges week. Outside of Building Bridges, Sophie is involved in the Gustavus Choir, Handbells, Habitat for Humanity, and the Outdoors Club. Sophie also works in the Admissions office and plays the piano accompaniment for different choirs on campus and voice students. 


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: Allison Schmidt (she/her)

Allison is a sophomore Chemistry and Chemistry Education double major and Music minor from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. This is Allison's second year in Building Bridges and her first year as a co-captain. Outside of Building Bridges, Allison is also involved with Student Educators Association and the Chemistry Club. Allison is excited to organize and set up for the conference.