Fall 2006

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

Grant Recipient Project title
Farrah Bdour
Alana Gorman-Knutson
Arab Culture Night
Co-sponsored by the Arab Culture Club and the Belly Dance Ensemble, the goal of this event is to educate the Brandeis Campus about various aspects of Arab society and culture. Coinciding with the first day of "Eid," this event also is a chance for Arabs (Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others) to come together and celebrate a holiday that although rooted in Islam, nevertheless offers an opportunity for reconciliation and crossing religious boundaries. 
Cori O'Neill
Jennifer Corrales
Carnival de Noche
The Brandeis Ballroom Dance Team joins the Brandeis Ballroom Dance Club, AHORA, and Salseros for a social dance event to create a dialogue through dance, reflecting the stylistic interaction between more traditional western dance and Latin dance style. 
Kate Housman
Walter Cuenin
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Christian communities at Brandeis host a Thanksgiving Dinner to provide not only a chance for the Christian communities to come together and share a meal, but also for the greater Brandeis community to join in an important part of a cultural and religious heritage in a non-threatening environment. 
Christine Caruso
Ashley Pham
Jammin' with Jamele
Jamele Adams, Associate Dean of Student Life, encourages the Brandeis community to engage in  discussion on diversity and the role it plays in our lives and on campus. The event features spoken word performed by Dean Adams and crowd participation in diversity training exercises.
Marci Simon
Ariel Berman
Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein, a postmodern gender activist, author, performance artist and former Brandeis graduate student comes to Brandeis campus to educate and raise awareness about transgender and genderqueer communities.  
Colleen Johnston
Samantha Levin
MSA and Castle Quad Iftar
The Muslim Student Association hosts an Iftar in the Castle Quad to provide sustenance for members of the community fasting for Ramadan, and to raise campus awareness about this Muslim holiday.
Jessica Keweshan
Farbod Hagigi
Religious Pluralism and Spirituality Semester
Throughout the fall semester, the Religious Pluralism and Spirituality Group is offering three specific programs aimed at encouraging all to recognize, respect, and celebrate religious diversity in the Brandeis community. These include "Tuesdays with...", which is a series designed to connect students to faculty and staff in a non-academic setting. Also, "Speed-Faithing," is a new initiative to encourage greater religious exploration and understanding by providing a more inclusive forum for interreligious learning. Finally, RPS hopes to institute an interfaith devotional gathering on a weekly basis to be held on campus and open to all students.
Walter Cuenin
Jessica Keweshan
Sharing Our Faiths
Sharing Our Faiths is a program that the Religious Pluralism and Spirituality group started three years ago to foster greater religious exploration and understanding. Throughout the year, each organized religous group on campus will advertise one service where people of any religious background can attend a 10-20 minute explanation of how the service will progress and what the various prayers mean. 
 Nicholas Brown
Jennifer El-Far
The Black Eyed
Jennifer El-Far's senior thesis, performed as part of the debut season of the Free Play Theatre Cooperative. This ground-breaking play is about four Palestinian women from different historical periods who meet in the afterlife and reflect on their lives as Arab and Muslim women, the concept of martyrdom and the nature of peace in a violent world. 
 Tia Oliver
Shakiva Wade

Through Our Eyes, Kwanzaa Celebration 2006
Each year, the Brandeis Black Student Organization commemorates the celebration of Kwanzaa by putting on a show the entire campus will enjoy. Kwanzaa is a unique African-American celebration that focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Our vision for this year's celebration is to incorporate a bevy of dance, monologues, musical selections, lyrical dance, slam poetry, step, a hip hop dance as well as the traditional candle lighting ceremony. 

 Jessica Kent Wearing My Religion/Praying in My Religion
Wearing My Religion and Praying in My Religion are two opportunities for Brandeis community members from all different faiths to meet one another and discuss different situations relating to religion that occur on campus.