Spring 2013

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

APAHM Opening
Recipient: Ku Jung 
Brandeis Asian American Student Association
To celebrate the Asian Pacific Heritage Month, BAASA is hosting a culture show with the theme of breaking Asian stereoptypes. The event will include multiple performances, including Wellesley's Taiko Drummers Aiko, Northeastern Bollywood Fusion Dance Troupe Rangila Rhythms, as well as dance performances from Brandeis' own ethnic clubs.

Recipient: Suwan Lee
Brandeis South East Asian Club
SEAC (Southeast Asia Club) presents AYALA, a variety show featuring a collaboration of performers that include SEAC Dance, WOCA Dance, Kaos Kids, Spellbound, Voicemale, BU FSA, Harvard Vietnamese Dance Troupe, and Jeremy Kahng from Berkelee. The performance will be FREE to Brandeis Students with ID ($5 for off campus guests) and there will be a suggested donation of $7. (The money raised will go to the Ayala Foundation to support a project called Noah's Ark, which prepares Filipino communities in flood-vulnerable areas to respond to natural disasters.)

Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love
Recipient: Abdul Aziz Sohail
English Language
“Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love” captures stories and experiences of being at the intersections of Islam and queerness and its relationship to family, lovers, one’s sense of self and relationship with our faith. Terna Tilley-Gyado and Wazina Zondon utilize traditional storytelling and conversations as the medium for exploring the broad range of their experiences as queer Muslims. The stories Coming Out Muslim range from tales about other people’s theories about where queerness comes from, the gifts of being queer and Muslim, the tension between one’s culture and religion, and love—romantic and spiritual, creating a truly funny and poignant performance.

'Deis Talks
Recipients: Benjamin Reardon and Benjamin Wang
Education for Students by Students
On March 14th, from 5 pm -7 pm, Education for Students by Students will be hosting ‘DeisTalks, in which eight Brandeis speakers (five students, one faculty, one staff, and one invited alumni) will be sharing their inspiring, unique, and innovative ideas and experiences with the Brandeis community in a mini-TedTalk style presentation.

Recipients: Deena Horowitz and Ann Lucas
Leonard Bernstein Festival for the Creative Arts
Come join the fun at Brandeis's very own hafla: a dance party with live Middle Eastern music! Bring your own moves, and learn a few new ones from experienced Egyptian-style dancers. Anything goes! Live music provided by Brandeis's own Miras Project, and hafla musicians from the greater Boston area. Mezza appetizers and light refreshment provided. This event is part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival for the Creative Arts and sponsored by the Brandeis Department of Music, The Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, and the Brandeis Belly Dance Ensemble.

Holi: Festival of Colour 
Recipient: Sharada Sanduga and Praneetha Vissapragada
Holi is the colorful welcoming of spring celebrated by much of South Asia, and Namaskar is extending the festivities to the Brandeis community!

ICC Diversity Festival
Recipients: Daniela Ayala and Steven Wasserman
ICC Representatives
This event was created in hopes to promote cultural awareness and involvement of the entire Brandeis community through the collaboration of the ICC clubs. The 3 hour long event hosts cultural games and food that students can participate in to get a feel of all the diverse cultures on campus.

JSA Harumatsuri
Recipients: Lily Li and Lisa Xu
Brandeis Japanese Student Association
Come join Brandeis' Japanese Student Assocation for our annual Spring Festival! There will be food, games, and fun in a carnival-like atmosphere -- and learn about the Japanese culture behind it all!

K-nite Star
Recipients: Jung Yoon Kim and Judy Nam
Brandeis Korean Student Association
Come experience Korean culture with great acts like modern dance, modern band, a capella, fan dance, and guest performers! Vote for the best act, enjoy catered food, and get a chance to win iPods in raffles! Tickets available at the SCC box office.

SKIN Fasion Show
Recipient: Ruizhi Jiang
Brandeis Asian American Student Association
A fashion show that showcases our very own Brandeis students who strut across the catwalk in designs brought to you by RentTheRunway, Enzoani, Grace Kim, Angela&RoI, Brandeis Fashion Design Club, and FOB Lifestyle & Apparel. This year SKIN celebrates the theme of “FUSION” as we demonstrate the integration of Asians into American society, forming the subculture we know today as Asian-American. We will be showcasing a number of Asian-American fashion designers.

The 5th Brandeis Undergraduate Research Conference
Recipient: Halee Brown
Sex and Sexuality Symposium
This year, the 5th annual Undergraduate Sexualities Research Conference will take place in the Intercultural Center with many student panel presentations of current research being done in the fields of gender, sex, and sexuality. There will be a keynote presentation by Alison Better, and in addition to the usual student panels, we hope to host a graduate student panel, and include students from neighboring universities in our undergraduate panels.

The Colored Museum
Recipients: Iyvon Edebiri and Rasheik Trammell 
"The Colored Museum" is a play comprised of 11 vignettes, which highlights stereotypes, struggles, sterngths and triumphs of Black Americans in America. The play challenges audiences of all backgrounds to think critically about, not only race, but identity, and especially American identity as a whole.

The Book Project
Recipient: Michelle Yi
English Language
Each year, the ELL Initiative creates and distributes a unique book of stories written by our learners focusing on a specific theme. We will be asking our tutors to incorporate this theme into their lessons, and work with their learners to create a piece of writing, which uses that theme to express something important and meaningful to them.

The 3rd Annual Cultural Food Gala
Recipients: Jessye Kass and Hannah Young 
Anthropology Club
The 3rd Annual Food Gala will present 12 cultural clubs from campus and bring them together for an evening of food, culture, learning and entertainment. Participants will be able to try FREE food from various cultures and will be able to learn about historical connections to the food, through written and audio/visual modes. Join us!

Using Social Media for Social Justice: Ordinary People Can Do Extraordinary Things
Recipients: Stephanie Lee and Victoria Lee
Brandeis Asian American Student Association
How can we use social media to mobilize for social justice? Can we really use Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to do good? Through film screenings and discussion, the Jubilee Project will demonstrate how they have inspired ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things, and give us encouragement to spread good to others.