Building bridges conference held at USD April 2-3

Building bridges conference held at USD April 2-3 The seventh annual Building Bridges Conference will be held on the campus of The University of South Dakota. The free day-and-a-half long conference will be held in the Coyote Student Center, with registration beginning April 2 at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. that day. The closing ceremony will be April 3 at 11:30 a.m.

The theme for the conference, which focuses on helping Native American students and educators create partnerships for building healthy educational environments, is "Hunka Ceremony: Making Education Relative."

The Hunka ceremony in Lakota culture is the making of relations. This year's conference theme focuses on how, like our relatives, education plays an important part in helping each of us achieve our visions and goals today and into the future.

Presentations and opportunities for interaction will address different ways we make education relative to who we are and to our traditions.

The BRIDGE committee believes that exposure and discussion of diversity issues such as racism and the ethnic minority experience can facilitate positive institutional change. The committee's goals are to provide information related to bicultural competence and to provide a forum for addressing the importance of diversity in psychology.

The conference aims to offer life-changing directions for student and faculty who struggle with how to make higher education a positive experience for ethnic minority students, especially Native American students.

BRIDGE stands for Building Relationships Integrating Diversity and Growth in Education. The BRIDGE committee works in collaboration with faculty, students and staff in the Clinical Psychology Training Program in USD's Department of Psychology, to plan and implement the goals and objectives of the Building Bridges conference.

For more information about the conference please visit or call the USD Psychology Department at 605-677-5353.

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