13th annual Building Bridges Conference is March 26 at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is hosting the 13th annual Building Bridges Conference at the Muenster University Center on Friday, March 26.

Sponsored by the USD Clinical Training Program and USD Admissions Office, the daylong event entitled, “O’yate O’kiciyapi: People Helping One Another,” focuses on several topics of support and resiliency within the Native communities. Participants will have an opportunity to examine the importance of emotional and psychological support in Native communities, including coping with traumatic stress by Elizabeth Boyd, professor of psychology and director of the Psychological Services Center at USD. Additional presentations include “Active Listening” by Jerry Jacobs, Ph.D., USD professor of clinical psychology and director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at USD, and Gene Thin Elk, director of Native American Services at The U and “Lessons Learned from Last Year’s Participants.”  In addition, a variety of USD departments, programs and organizations will be showcased at an “Information Fair” during the conference.

The 13th Building Bridges Conference begins with registration in the ballroom of the Muenster University Center at 8 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. A complete schedule of events, along with a registration form, is available by visiting the Building Bridges Conference Web site: www.usd.edu/bridges/conference.cfm.

Building Bridges provides opportunities for students, counselors, and faculty to learn effective ways to make higher education a positive experience for all students, but especially for Native students. A limited number of travel grants are available for high school groups on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please contact the conference planning committee at (605) 677-5353 or e-mail bridges@usd.edu.