Fall 2007

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
Ryan McElhaney
Katie Nadworny
Salome
A production by the Free Play Theater Cooperative of the Oscar Wilde one-act Salome. Addresses what can happen when understanding between two groups breaks down. Explores the themes in the Wilde show that are still relevant today and further expands people's perception of what is considered acceptable theater.
Nithya Setty
Kamolika Roy
Diwali
Diwali is the festival of lights and is about celebrating life and hoping for wealth and prosperity. The event is celebrated with the lighting of many candles and lights. This Hindu holiday is celebrated by all those who are Hindu, Jain, or Sikh, thus bringing together those of many faiths.
Ingrid Schorr
Sarah Brin
Second Stage Forum
A free theater performance for the class of 2011 that will enable sophomores to take part in related academic discussions led by faculty, graduate students, and alumni. The program begins with the Brandeis Theater Company's production of The Threepenny Opera. It continues on to the tradition of a shared class experience with a focus on interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and enhancing community.
Daniel Miodovnik
Sarah Rubinton
Student Peace Alliance National Conference
The first annual Student Peace Alliance National Conference will bring together student and youth leaders from around the country to develop their peace-building and community organizing skills so that they can effectively create positive change in their communities.
Justic Becker
Erika Geller
Cabaret
A production that highlights issues that relate to discrimination in many cultures, including present-day America. The goal is to raise awareness on campus to help promote understanding and acceptance of differences that exist between people.
Yaeli Bronstein
Divya Vangala
Multicultural Cookbook
The creation of a multicultural cookbook with contributions from a variety of campus religious and cultural groups. This will bring different groups and people together to interact and learn about different cultures through food as a medium.
Justin Kang WILD
An eco-fashion show which will serve to feature the creative and brave designers who are transforming the world of fashion with a consideration for the environment and social justice. This will encourage fashion students to engage in the usage of sustainable materials through ethical practices. It will also inform and inspire the audience as consumers to adopt a more thoughtful approach in the clothing they purchase.
Margot Moinester
Ellen Schattschneider
Worker Appreciation Project
The goal of this project is to develop a collaborative multimedia project on the history of women activists in WATCH (Waltham Alliance to Create Housing) and to engage in community-building work as we get to know WATCH activists and the residents of Waltham public housing projects who will appear in the film.
Sheela Chandrashekar
Yael Kreitman
Heal the World
The first phase of the project will involve an experiential showcase and a medical supplies drive that will address the Brandeis community before FIMRC leaves in April for Costa Rica. The second phase is a trip to Costa Rica during April break. Brandeis volunteers will assist with tasks ranging from leading health education classes and community discussions, to running workshops about gender-related procedures, to the day-to-day running of the clinic, and to clinical visits and minor medical procedures.
Liliana Canela
Fanny Familia
Hispanic Heritage Month
A time dedicated to exploring and sharing the Latino culture. HHM runs throughout September and October. This month is about appreciating our differences and looking beyond them to focus on our similarities and build a strong and united community. The events planned will reflect efforts to unify a great part of the Brandeis community.
Rachel Lewis Kol Nashim: Brandeis Jewish Women's Retreat
The mission of this retreat is to bring together a diverse group of self-identified Jewish women from the Brandeis community to explore questions such as what makes us women, what makes us Jewish, and how those identities materialize, converge and conflict.

Brandon Chu Comedy Show and Workshop
The Comedian Eliot Chang will perform a 1 hour comedy sketch for Brandeis University and will then hold a 1 hour Q&A workshop. The goal of this project is to host an event that is fun, appeals to the entire university, and promotes cultural awareness.
Bill Huff
Anum Khan
Iftars in Residence
A series of events during which each of the quad staffs hosts six Iftars, working with the Muslim Students Association to raise campus awareness about Ramadan, while also providing sustenance for the members of the Brandeis community. This program will foster networking between residents, MSA members, and other members of the community, as well as provide a more thoughtful understanding of Ramadan and the Muslim faith.
Rebecca Webber
Susie Quaintance
The Love of the Nightingale
Timberlake Wertenbaker's retelling of the Greek myth of Philomela unearths the violence that stems from enforced silence. Presented by the Free Play Theatre Cooperative.