Fall 2015

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

BC3 Welcome Party 
Recipient: Yan Wang
Brandeis Chinese Cultural Club
The annual Brandeis Chinese Cultural Connection (BC3) Welcome Party invites freshmen and returning students to experience Chinese culture and learn about the distinctive culture in BC3. This event is a great way to meet new friends and learn more about Chinese culture while enjoying free Chinese food, Chinese cultural performances, and a warm welcome to everyone

Brandeis Dance Marathon
Recipient: James Conlon
Brandeis Dance Marathon raises money for Boston Children's Hospital and brings together student leaders, administrators, and other members of the Brandeis Community to present dance performances. The event includes raffles, slam poetry, dance performances, and presentations from families associated with Children's Miracle Network.

Brandeis TSA Night Market
Recipient: Hsiang-Ling Hsiao
Taiwanese Student Association 
The Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) Night Market recreates the atmosphere of the famous night markets in Taiwan. Lanterns decorate and light the streets as TSA and collaborating Intercultural Center clubs fill the night with their own food, bringing that adrenaline-pumping street feel to Brandeis’ campus.

Building for Change in Belize
Recipient: Irene Wong
This event strives to explore difficult questions related to social justice in the context of Belize, the Caribbean and Central America. Brandeis students share their experiences of integrating into a different culture and what they learned during their trip to Belize.

Capturing Diversity on Campus A Photo Series
Recipient: Beth Belaineh
Brandeis Film and Photography Collective
Capturing Diversity on Campus: A Photo Series spurs important, critical conversation about class and race structures at Brandeis and in the greater world.  A discussion session to facilitate understanding of the relevance of such a body of work in our world today will occur after the conclusion of the week-long exhibit.

Collision: Community Building and the Arts
Recipient: Kesi Kmt
Triskelon & Queer People of Color Coalition
Collision is a devised theater project in which actors and artists come together to collaborate and create a play that centers universal and personal narratives as an act of social change. Inspired by the film Pariah.

Dia de los Muertos
Recipient: Estela Lozano
Latin American and Latino Studies
Dia de los Muertos displays the values of Day of the Dead and the ideas of what it means to honor those who have passed away. The event will provide traditional food made specifically for this day, including tamales and Mexican bread. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come make their own sugar skulls to celebrate this holiday.

Ebony Axis Zine Publication 
Recipient: LaShawn Simmons
Come celebrate the arrival of the highly anticipated virtual home for the poetry zine Ebony Axis. Stop by and witness the beautiful narratives of Black women on campus through the medium of poetry. There will be an opportunity to personally browse the website and speak with the editor.

Exploring Identity with Lacey Schwartz
Recipient: Marian Gardner
Brandeis Bridges 
Following a screening of "Little White Lie", a film focusing on shared Jewish and Black identity, Brandeis Bridges presents director Lacey Schwartz, who will speak and engage in a Q&A session with club leaders and audience members. This event will explore what it means to be black, to be Jewish, to be both.

Global Bazaar (3rd Annual)
Recipient: Bonnie Ryle
The ISSO and Wein Scholars
Be transported to a bustling bazaar in Levin Ballroom and celebrate cultures from across the globe. This event features student groups, academic departments, local restaurants, and international artisans. There also will be live performances and a DJ spinning international hits.

MELA 2015: Nazrana
Recipient: Uday Jain
South Asian Student Organization
MELA is an annual charity cultural show that promotes understanding and awareness of South Asian culture.  The show includes traditional, fusion and modern dances, contemporary and classical music, spoken word, and other performances by students across campus.

Not Even the Sky is the Limit- SSSP STEM event
Recipient: Matthew Michaud
Student Leadership Board of the Student Support Services Program
Not Even the Sky is the Limit, a SSSP event, aims to inspire involvement and persistence in the STEM professions for first-generation, low-income students. The featured keynote speakers are Dr. Oneeka Williams, a nationally recognized urological surgeon and award-winning author, and Dr. Charles Anderson, a neonatologist, healthcare executive and entrepreneur.

Queer History Month
Recipient: Yangzirui Fu
Queer Policy Alliance
This event is dedicated to October queer history month. A discussion session about gender binary will be followed by "break the gender binary", an interactive game to learn more about gender binary stereotypes.

Research at Brandeis
Recipient: Annie Herman
Society for the Advanment of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS)
Come meet four Brandeis science faculty to find out about the research that they are doing in their labs and how you can get involved.

Revival: Poetry Night
Recipient: Nellie Spener
Psychology and Created Writing 
Initiated by alumni Rohan Narayanan in the Spring of 2015, Poetry Night provides a safe space for student artists and activists to come together and share their art with the community through the spoken word.