A Message From Our Director on Bridge/Work 2020

After much deliberation, we have decided to postpone our Bridge/Work Conference, “Climate Change in Your Backyard,” until Spring 2021. We’re disappointed, but eager to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to resuming this critical conversation next year.

We hope to see you in Valparaiso next spring for Bridge/Work. And in the meantime, we hope we’ll all have occasions to encourage awareness of these issues on a local level.

Take care and time for yourself, and we’ll see you soon.

Best wishes,

Dr. David Henreckson
Director of Institute for Leadership & Service


Bridge/Work 2019 built on its core principle of connecting theory and practice to host an integrated discussion that speaks to the many contributing factors driving the opioid epidemic here in our region and around the country. Beyond just a medical perspective or enforcement update, this program focused on how community members can meaningfully engage in solution-oriented action.


  • Keynote presentation by Travis Rieder, PhD, faculty member at Johns Hopkins University’s Berman Institute of Bioethics and author of the forthcoming memoir, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids
  • Afternoon program with four panels featuring local, regional and national experts, as well as Valpo alumni working on different aspects of the opioid epidemic
  • Springboard for our 3rd Annual Alumni Celebration


Promotional Poster for Bridge/Work 2019