A Commitment to Diversity

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Culture X celebrates diversity through the visual and performing arts in an exploration of music, movement and media. Photo by Mike Lovett.

Brandeis was founded in 1948 in defiance of anti-Semitism, and it has been committed from that day to the principles of non-discrimination. Our Jewish roots and values not only ground us, but also help expand our view on diversity and social justice. Today our campus is home to students from 47 states and 62 countries.

Our commitment to the international community was enhanced in 1958 with the establishment of the Wien International Scholarship Program, an extensive grant program that awards deserving students based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Throughout our history, we have valued the energy, perspective and enthusiasm that the international student population brings towards enhancing campus life.

Approximately 11 percent of students come to Brandeis from countries other than the United States.

The Intercultural Center serves as an umbrella organization for 18 student organizations that focus on issues of culture, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity and social justice. It is a meeting place for clubs and organizations, which are open to all and whose members celebrate different cultures and heritages.

The center is alive with parties, concerts, dances and seminars. Ideas conceived in the center have gone on to become community-wide traditions. Among them are Culture X, a multicultural celebration of dance, music and poetry, and Pachanga, the international dance party that draws up to 1,000 students every year.

Asian Awareness Week, Caribbean Week, Hispanic Heritage Month and the Vietnamese Spring Festival are just a few of the other events originating at the Intercultural Center that unite and enliven life for the entire Brandeis community.