College of Arts & Sciences Building Bridges


The 18th Annual Building Bridges Conference

This year's conference will be held March 27, 2015 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom on USD's campus. This annual event is a collaborative conference sponsored by the USD Clinical Psychology Program and Admissions.

High School and College students, faculty, and staff, and community members are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend this conference and meals are provided.

Conference Agenda

Keynote Speaker

Mic JordanMic Jordan is a Native American hip hop artist and self-described activist that speaks truth and passion about life and where he came from. Growing up on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, music heavily influenced his childhood and now he uses his voice to tackle issues on alcoholism, suicide, and gun violence. Throughout his performances, Mic Jordan continues to shares his personal story and desire to spread a positive message to not only the youth but to those who would suspect hip hop as being a form of verbal violence to a better understanding of the genre.

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"Realizing the Dream Weekend"

The Building Bridges Conference is part of a number of activities occurring over the weekend of March 26-28.  You may also be interested in the following events:″

  • USD Diversity Symposium "Thursday March 27, 2014.  Theme and presenters to be announced.
  • 5th Annual USD Admissions "Native Visit Weekend" for Native American High School Students.  Housing and meals are provided for high school students and their chaperones from Thursday, March 26 through Saturday March 28.  Space is limited so if you are interested this opportunity, contact Veronica Guzman , Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator, USD Admissions Phone:  605-658-6226  Email:
  • 43rd Annual Wacipi "Living Everyday Toward Building a Bigger and Brighter Future," Host Drum-Dakota Nation; sponsored by Tiospaye Student Council (USD Native American Student Organization), Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2015.  For more information about the Wacipi, please email at
  • 5th annual USD Native American Alumni Banquet.  Keynote: Seth Pearman.  Friday, March 27th ,  5:30pm. This is free to Building Bridges registrants and at a modest cost for all others who attend.  This is a nice opportunity for Bridges participants to meet and interact with current Native American USD students and Native USD alumni.  Register at: