Executive Board 2019-2020

Co-Chair: Greta Dupslaff

Greta Dupslaff is a senior Geography and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies double major with a minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. She has been involved in Building Bridges since her first year, and also serves as a Gustie Greeter and a LALACS and Geography departmental assistant. Greta spent her spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador through HECUA’s Community Internships in Latin America Program. After graduation, she hopes to engage her passions in climate, gender, and racial justice in a professional setting. 


Co-Chair: James Miller

James is a junior Biology and Geography double major from Northfield, MN. He has been involved with Building Bridges since his first year. He is also involved with Big Hill Farm and is a member of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. In fall of 2020, he intends to study abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam studying sustainable agriculture, global environmental politics, and climate justice. Upon graduating Gustavus, he hopes to influence environmental policy via a career in agroecology to build resilient agricultural networks and equitable communities.



Secretary: Amanda Jensen

Amanda is a senior Political Science major with minors in Studio Art and Film and Media studies, from Cambridge, Minnesota. She 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 and a member of the Womxn's Action Coalition. Amanda is particularly passionate about racial, gender, and ecological justice. What excites her most about the topic of this 25th annual conference, is the ability to explore how capitalism and colonialization contribute and perpetuate the climate crisis.


Higher Education Liaison: Shauna Capron

Shauna is a senior Geography major and Environmental Studies minor. In the spring of 2019, she studied Sustainable Development in Beijing, China, and has recently traveled to Quito, Ecuador to do research on the impacts of climate change on glaciers in the Andes. Outside of channeling her passions for climate and racial injustice in Building Bridges, she plays clarinet in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, is a member of the Environmental Action Coalition, and loves spending time with friends.


Finance Chair: Hiwot Sugebo


Community Outreach Public Relations Chair: Chelsea Boyden

Chelsea is a junior triple major in Political Science, Philosophy, & Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. They have been involved in Building Bridges since their first year at Gustavus, and has greatly appreciated how the campus organization has provided a social justice space where they feel comfortable to exchange dialogue and gain new perspectives. Chelsea is passionate about the issue of climate justice as it impacts every other social justice issue, and is excited for the conference to share the many intersections of climate justice.

Public Relations Chair-Social Media: Kaitlyn Gruber

Kaitlyn Gruber is a junior Chemistry major from Richmond, MN. She has been involved in Building Bridges since her sophomore year, and is also part of Gustavus Student Senate, Chinese Culture Club and the Chemistry Department. She enjoys engaging in the impacts climate change has intersecting with human, cultural, and global issues. 


Public Relations Chair-Graphic Design: Megan Hensel

Megan is a sophomore History major with a minor in Music from Baxter, MN. Along with Building Bridges, she is in the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra and Handbell Ensembles. She has been in Building Bridges since her freshman year and has enjoyed being a part of meaningful and constructive dialogue about justice issues with her peers, as well as learning a great deal about each year's topic and what it takes to be a part of movement.



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.



Diversity Leadership Council Representative: Amanda Braun

Amanda Braun is a junior Political Science, Gender Studies, and Peace Studies triple major. She has been involved in Building Bridges since her first year and spends her time outside of Building Bridges being the president of the Womxn's Action Coalition and Gustavus Democrats. Amanda is a dancer and she is excited for you all to see her piece at the conference. After graduation, she hopes to get a master's degree in Public Health on the East Coast. 


On-Campus Organizer: Tori Franciosi

Tori is a junior Geography major from Valdez, Alaska. This is Tori’s first year involved with Building Bridges, and is also a Gustie Greeter, Reconciliation Committee Student Leader, co-captain of Gustavus Women’s Rugby, and a member of Theta Xi Gamma Sorority. She spent this past j-term studying in Iceland, and is passionate about environmental justice and human-environment interactions.