Juliana Tafur is the inaugural director of the GGSC's Bridging Differences program. Her work centers on strengthening social connections across lines of race, religion, culture, politics, and more, fostering a culture of belonging in the United States and beyond. Her responsibilities include: producing multimedia content that widely shares research-based bridge-building skills and inspires change; running learning fellowships and trainings to promote positive dialogue, relationships, and understanding across differences; and facilitating strategic partnerships to expand the depth and breadth of bridge-building work. Juliana is a TEDx speaker, workshop creator, Emmy-nominated senior producer, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. A proud Colombian-American, she has been using storytelling and workshops to foster a broader culture of belonging since 2018. Juliana is an honors graduate of Northwestern University, and a 2021–2022 Obama Foundation Scholar at Columbia University. Outside of work, Juliana enjoys the lively rhythm of Miami life with her husband, their two boys, two dogs, and a lynx-sized cat.
Bridge builders came together in Chicago to look at how research can help us connect across our differences and build a pluralistic society.