Executive Board 2018-2019

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Co-Chair: Grace Tibben-Lembke

Grace is a junior Environmental Studies and Geography double major from Reno, NV. Grace has been involved with Building Bridges since her first year, and is also a member of the Gustavus Choir, Womxn’s Action Coalition, and Climate Justice Coalition. She also spent the 2017 fall semester studying abroad in Bangalore, India through the Sustainable Development Practices program. She is particularly passionate about environmental, gender, and racial justice, and the ways in which these topic intersect.

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Co-Chair: Daniella Habib

Daniella is a senior Political Science Major with minors in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. In Spring of 2018, she studied abroad in Florence, studying International Conflict Resolution and European Politics. Daniella has been in Building Bridges since her first year and is also the Diversity Chair of Student Senate and member of Theta Xi Gamma Sorority. She is very passionate about racial and gender justice, U.S. public policy, and criminal justice reform.

 

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Secretary: Amanda Jensen

Amanda is a junior Political Science major with a minor in Studio Art, originally from Cambridge, Minnesota. Amanda has been involved in Building Bridges since her first year and served as an Action Piece and Events Committee Member. Outside of Building Bridges, Amanda is a Gustie Greeter, Co-President of the Womxn’s Action Coalition, and a barista at River Rock Coffee. Amanda is particularly passionate about racial, gender, and ecological justice.

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Higher Education Liaison: Bri Jol

Bri is a junior Biology and Environmental Studies double major with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has been involved in BB for the past two years as an Action Piece member and spent the fall semester of 2017 studying abroad in India with the Sustainable Development Practices program. Additionally, Bri TAs for Biology, works at the Arboretum, is a co-president of Gustavus Greens, and is a member of Climate Justice Coalition. She is intrigued by the intersections of environmental conservation, social justice, and science communication, and hopes to pursue these passions in some form once graduated.

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Finance Chair: Rafay Arshad

Rafay is a senior International Management major born and raised in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Along with Building Bridges, he's involved with various groups on campus including, Gustavus Ambassadors, Student Senate, Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity and Residential Life. As part of Building Bridges, he's responsible for managing the budget and handling all financial transactions.

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Public Relations Chair-Social Media: Kyara Craven

Kyara is a sophomore Psychology Spanish double major with a minor in Anthropology from Bloomington, Minnesota. This is her second year in Building Bridges, after being an Action Piece member last year. She got involved with Building Bridges because it gave her a way to use her voice to better her surrounding community, and the world. Outside of Building Bridges she is involved in Chapel Choir, Paso, Olas, And Delta Phi Omega. She is passionate about- to the best of her abilities- resolving: racial injustices, promoting equality for women and the LGBTQIA community, and to advocate for the equality and ratification of negative stigma around mental health.

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Public Relations Chair-Graphic Design: Joy Dunna

Joy Dunna is a junior History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies double major, from St. Paul, Minnesota. Joy has been involved with Building Bridges since her first year and has been on the Workshops and Events committees. Around campus, Joy is a Gustie Greeter, member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, Secretary of the Womxn’s Action Coalition, and a tour guide for the admission office. She is particularly passionate about prison reform and the ways that gender and race play into that systemically. She loves the feeling of being surrounded by other people that also want to foster kindness and respect.

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Logistics Chair: Emma Jones

Emma Jones is a junior Political Science major from Saint Paul, Minnesota. This is her second year in Building Bridges, after being a workshops committee member last year. Outside of Building Bridges, she is a Peer Assistant, works in the Gustavus Post Office and the Office of the Chaplains, and is involved in the Climate Justice Coalition and the Womxn’s Action Coalition.

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Diversity Leadership Council: Abbie Biegner

Abbie is a junior elementary education major with a history minor. Abbie has been a part of Building Bridges for three years and has worked on both the action piece and events committees. Additionally, she sings in Chapel Choir, is an events coordinator for Big Partner Little Partner, a public relation coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, a Gustie Greeter, and works in the Linnaeus Arboretum. Abbie is passionate about education and social justice both nationally and globally. She hopes to teach abroad when she graduates