Grant Recipients

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Spring 2018

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

Ayala
Recipients: Alice Gong and Carmen Huang
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
Ayala is SEAC's annual charity show. We want to look back at our past and recognize all the hard work the club has done to celebrate Southeast Asian cultures and create a safe space for people to talk about Southeast Asian issues. The show will consist of performances featuring on and off campus groups as well as our special guest - the Jrod Twins.

Brandeis at the Border
Recipients: Ariana Keigan and Olivia Nichols
Date: April 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Harlan Chapel
Over February 2018 break, 10 Brandeis students with 3 staff/faculty traveled down to the US/Mexico border on a trip facilitated by Borderlinks. We heard stories from migrants who had crossed into the US, saw the extreme militarization at the border, did water drops in the desert, learned about Operation Streamline, visited migrants in detention centers, and crossed over the border into Mexico. Come hear about the reality our group experienced at the border, along with stories of courage and resilience, and learn what you can do to make a difference.

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. 

Do's and Don'ts of Drag
Recipients: Chelsea Lafrance and Amelie deCirfontaine
Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Pearlman 202
Discussion will focus on drag practices that contribute to the marginalization of certain groups and proper performance etiquette, followed by a peer led introduction to drag makeup workshop. No experience with makeup necessary! BYOM: bring your own mirror (if you have one).

English Language Learning Initiative End of Year Celebration
Recipients: Rebecca Chen and Helena Voltmer
Date: April 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: SCC Atrium
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!

K-Nite Idol School
Recipient: Nicole Kim
Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
K-Nite is BKSA's biggest event where we will be presenting Korean culture. This year, we will be showcasing Taekwondo, traditional Korean martial arts, fan dance, traditional Korean dance, KPop dances and songs, and Korean dinner.

little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo Play by Misty De Berry
Recipient: Tara Whitehurst
Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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
Location: 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: Ashley Loc and Hannah Baker-Lerner 
Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Rabb Steps
Take Back the Night is a walk across campus to raise awareness about sexual violence and to allow survivors of violence to regain control over their stories through sharing them. On the walk, the leaders will share information about sexual violence with members of Brandeis community. The session afterward will function as a safe space for survivors to share stories in a comfortable and closed environment. 

"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 - 8:30 pm
Location: 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.