Fall 2011

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

Brandeis Annual Garba-Raas!
Recipients: Bharvi Patel and Sharan Shah
The Brandeis Annual Garba-Raas is an opportunity for the Brandeis community to come and celebrate Navaratri while dancing and enjoying delicious Indian food. There will be dance workshops from 6-6:30 teaching students how to do garba and later during the prayers the history of the festival, Navaratri, will be explained along with its significance. Come and enjoy a fun-filled night with your Brandeis Namaskar.

Far East Flavor
Recipients: Jeffery So and Shirley Lee
Brandeis South East Asian Club
Far East Flavor is a semi-formal dance hosted by BC3 that collaborates with KSA, TASA, BAASA, and SEAC; this event is open to everyone. The proceeds from the tickets sales will go towards Teach for China.

Jubilee Project Comes to Brandeis!
Recipients: Stephanie Lee and Victoria Lee
Brandeis Asian American Student Association
The Brandeis Asian American Student Association hosts the Jubilee Project, which is composed of three Asian American guys (Jason, Eddie and Eric) who produce videos to empower social change. For every view of the video, money is donated to the cause/organization (Hep B Initiative, American Society for Deaf Children and Boston Neighborhood Chinatown Center) that the video supports. The Jubilee Project will showcase some of their videos and upcoming projects, and premier a 30-minute featurette on the college life. They will also speak about how being Asian American impacts what they do.

MELA: “Pehchaan”
Recipient: Jasnam Sachathep
Brandeis South Asian Student Association
The way each South Asian identifies with their culture is unique to their upbringing and where they live. Often times, especially at a campus like Brandeis, there is such a diverse cohort of people who call themselves South Asian—people who were born in a South Asian country but grew up in another nation, people who have lived in South Asia for their entire life and have come here for the first time, and even people who have never lived in a South Asian country but still call themselves South Asian. In order to fully experience and understand what it means to be South Asian, we bring you this year’s Mela theme: “Pehchaan.” Pehchaan is a Hindi word meaning “identity.” For this year’s theme, we want to know what it means to you to be South Asian.

Schmekle: 100% Trans Jewish Punk-Polka
Recipient: Cynthia Simonoff
Schmekel is a transgendered, Jewish Punk-Polka band who will be playing as part of Triskleions’ Transgender Awareness Week!

Stanley Family Night
Recipients: Rebecca Ehrenkranz and Rachel Downs
Stanley Family Night is an opportunity for Stanley Elementary School families to bring their children back to school for a carnival-like event, incorporating many different clubs and activities from Brandeis. Volunteers get to directly interact with children and families, and share aspects of their club in ways that will be accessible to children, as part of the Brandeis University Obama Interfaith Challenge.

Storahtelling at Brandeis!
Recipient: Eliana Light
Storahtelling is a unique organization that uses theater to teach, translate, and engage with the ancient Jewish text of the Torah. One of their "mavens" will be joining us at Brandeis for an informative workshop and a dynamic learning performance!