Student Initiatives and Special Projects

College is a time where students are growing, learning, and finding their passions.  In this quest for development, students sometimes ask the University to be supportive of their initiatives and ideas through financial assistance and administrative support. They are choosing to not engage with our club development and support mechanism on campus, but are student-developed and student-based initiatives. The initiatives that you will see listed on this page, are examples of these programs.  Please contact the Department of Student Activities if you have any questions about these programs. 

Brandeis Spirit Band

The Spirit Band brings the fun and the funk of creative music to Brandeis University events. They focus on a wide variety of groove-based music, including Balkan, New Orleans Second Line, Funk, etc. Open to students, faculty, and staff, they welcome all portable instruments, at any level. Open rehearsals Saturday afternoons. They play for Brandeis basketball games and at other Brandeis events, including the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts.

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/BrandeisSpiritBand
Contact:  Ken Field
Mailing List:  https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/spiritband


Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW)

Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW) is a grassroots student movement revolutionizing how students discuss Israel on campus. Through innovative and future-oriented programming, led by students for students, bVIEW is depolarizing campus conversations about Israel and making them more productive. 

How are we accomplishing this? 

By bringing students with diverse perspectives together to not only focus on the past and the present, but develop thoughtful and creative visions for the future. bVIEW is unique because it is non-partisan, independent, and entirely student organized.

Most importantly, bVIEW is about us--the students. bVIEW provides us with an opportunity to amplify our voices, explore our identities, listen to each other and grow as a community. We are the next generation; one day soon the future of Israel-Diaspora relations, economics, culture and the peace process will soon be in our hands. It is up to us to make sure our campuses are one step ahead of reality and develop the visions desperately needed for the future. 

Contact:  Chen Arad
Mailing List:  https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/bview