Grant Recipients

Spring 2018

These grants have been awarded to student and/or faculty/staff-initiated projects that address issues of identity, pluralism and unity.

Recipients: Alice Gong and Carmen Huang
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
Ayala is an annual charity show and cultural celebration of the diverse talents of students from both on and off campus. Ayala aims to embrace both Southeast Asian and western cultures in a lively night of performances.

Borderlinks Mexican-American Immigration
Recipients: Ariana Keigan and Olivia Nichols
Date: February 17 - 22, 2018
Our main goal is to learn about diverse immigrant experiences, existing immigration policies, and its impacts on people’s lives in order to become knowledgeable and passionate allies in the immigration justice movement. After our trip, we will host an event open to all members of the Brandeis community to share about our experiences and discuss the lived realities immigrants face due to harsh policies and borderland militarization. 

Brandeis Community Dance Project
Recipients: Hannah Schuster and Brooke Granovsky
We are creating a campus-wide dance video that will showcase many of the approximately 20 dance groups on campus. We will film the video in the spring at outdoor and indoor locations all around Brandeis. We have been working with the Office of the Arts to create this video in conjunction with the 2018 Festival of the Arts and Brandeis Celebrates Bernstein. We plan to use multiple songs in the video, including portions of an instrumental rendition of West Side Story (performed by the Brandeis orchestra), plus contemporary tracks. 

Drag Show Makeup Workshop
Recipients: Chelsea Lafrance and Amelie deCirfontaine
Triskelion and the Fashion design club will collaborate together to introduce members of the Brandeis community to the bold and dramatic art of Drag Makeup. This makeup tutorial event will serve as a preliminary event in preparation for Trisk’s annual drag show and an opportunity to generate promotional materials featuring photos of performers. 

ELLI End of Year Celebration
Recipients: Rebecca Chen and Helena Voltmer
Our end of year celebration will honor all of our tutors and tutees and hopefully make them feel appreciated and highly valued by the university and its students. During the tabling event, we will have booklets to allow students and faculty outside of our club to get to know more Brandeis workers as well as understand the importance of the unique stories and diversity found on this campus. Moreover, it will promote our club to the Brandeis community who have never heard of our club before and expose them to our mission of service and to build bridges between facilities and dining hall employees and students on campus and to increase English language skills according to the tutee’s interests.

Formosa 2018
Recipients: Alvin Liu and Greg Hsu
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
THE EVENT ALL OF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE! This year, we will present FORMOSA as a game show. It will include performances by Rather be Giraffes, Voices of Soul, KAOS Kids, and a Berklee band, JunShu & Co. !
Be prepared to have a fun, entertaining, and enjoyable night! Don't forget to STAY FOR DINNER. We will be serving FREE BOBA during intermission and FREE BENTO BOXES from Mulan at the end of the show!!!!
Tickets are available at the SCC Box office!
See you guys there!

Recipient: Nicole Kim
Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
K-Nite is run by BKSA and aims to promote Korean culture. It is open to the entire Brandeis community: we have undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of diverse ethnic backgrounds that participate, contribute, and attend the event. K-Nite also uses the perspective of the performing arts, from traditional fan dances to modern band, in order to provide an opportunity for the Brandeis community to be introduced to aspects of Korean culture that it would normally not have access to. 

little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo Play by Misty De Berry
Recipient: Tara Whitehurst
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: ICC Swig Hall
little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo Play is a performance poem spanning from the Antebellum South to present-day Chicago. It tells the story of a nomadic spirit who shape-shifts through the memories and imaginings of her sister. little sister witnesses and disrupts the legacy of violence in the lives of queer Black women through a trans-temporal navigation of everyday encounters within familial, small groups and intimate partner spaces. The play will be followed by a talk back with the artist.

Modern Slavery and Trafficking a Survivor's Story
Recipient: Anna Stern
Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Loction: Sherman Function Hall
Approximately 15,000-17,000 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States every year. These men and women are brought into the country seeking a better life and instead are faced with a living nightmare. From physical to emotional abuse, stripped identities and no compensation, survivors of slavery and trafficking have incredibly moving stories to tell. Hear from a survivor of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. See for yourself how slavery still exists in the U.S. and the world. Find out what you can do to help stop it. Part of Deis Impact!

Take Back the Night
Recipients: Talya Guenzburger and Sivan Ben-Hayun
Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Schwartz 112

Night for Africa
Recipients: Ashley Loc and Hannah Baker-Lerner 
Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 8-10pm
Take Back the Night is about giving space and voice to those who have been affected by sexual violence. The march moves throughout the campus, stopping at places where injustice has happened, such as violence in dorm rooms or dismissal in administrative offices. Our goal is to have everyone know about sexual violence, how it affects survivors and allies, and how we, as a community, can come together and support those affected. We encourage those who feel inclined to speak to know they can in a safe way. For those who are moved but do not want to divulge any personal experiences, we provide statistics and national narratives to share. 

"This is only the beginning, not the end" with LGBTQ+ Filmmaker and Activist Zi'en Cui
Recipients: Yiyi Wu and Johnstone Tcheou
Date: February 9, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Loction: SCC Theatre
This event is going to feature Zi’en Cui (崔⼦恩). Cui is a Chinese avant-garde director and producer, an author, and a pioneering LGBTQA+ activist. He founded the first LGBTQA+ film festival in China called the Beijing Queer Film Festival, which was forcibly ended. In regard to this, Cui said “this is only the beginning, not the end.” Now, Cui lives in Florida. Cui received numerous International awards for his activism. Cui will screen his documentary "Queer China 'Comrade' China' and use it as context to speak about his experience as a queer person, LGBTQ activist and lead a whole discussion about intersectionality, queer culture and International activism.