Current Projects

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

APAHM 2019 Film Festival: Dream Come True
Recipient: Jennifer Taufan
Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
The APAHM Film Festival is designed to give on-campus and off-campus filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work and tell a story that may have otherwise been left unsaid. We are hoping to bridge the gap between Asian Americans and those of other cultures through the sharing of these films about love, family, and culture -- themes that everyone can relate to. This event also serves as a charity fundraiser. Donations to the National Immigration Forum to help immigrants and fund work advocating for a permanent legislation solution for Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be accepted.

AYALA: Matahari
Recipients: Allison Tien and Jennifer Taufan
Date: March 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
Ayala is an annual charity show and cultural celebration of the diverse talents of students from both on and off campus. Ayala aims to embrace both Southeast Asian and western cultures in a lively night of performances. We are raising money for the Burma Task Force.

English Language Learning Initiative End of Year Celebration
Recipients: Julia Kenneally
Date: May 2, 2019
The end-of-year celebration honors the ELLI tutors and tutees. ELLI has been empowering our Brandeis ESL Employees by tutoring them in English. This brings us all together and shows the common goal of improving the relationships between students and staff on campus, as we acknowledge the differences that club members have made on various lives.

Film Festival: CAST 170a
Recipients: Sarah Terrazano and Jenny Alexander
Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
The films produced by students in CAST 170a: Documenting the Immigrant Experience will be screened at this public film festival. Students, faculty, local filmmakers, and the interviewees and their families are invited to view these final works.

Formosa 2019 "Love Formosa"
Recipients: Jiaao Gong
Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
We invite Brandeis students to enjoy a Taiwan cultural show. "Love, Formosa" will showcase both traditional Taiwan art, such as our Dragon dance and a YOYO performance by CFAW, a traditional performance group from Boston, and other contemporary performances and presentations that reflect on how Taiwanese Americans fit into the society today.

LatinXtreme at Toxic Annual Showcase
Recipients: Viviana Santana-Perez
Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: SCC Theater
The LatinX Student Organization will be performing at Toxic Annual Showcase: Soul Train. LatinXtreme will showcase multiple forms of dances and cultural elements of the Latinx community, sharing experiences and acting as an outlet for students to express their cultural identity in a safe space. 

Let’s Dance! An International Evening of Dance
Recipients: Gabriela Giordano and Irina Dubinina
Date: March 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
All members of the Brandeis community (students, faculty and staff) are invited for an evening of dancing and fun featuring performances by various campus dance groups, brief dance lessons, international dance music and various languages studied and spoken at Brandeis. Formal attire, costumes or national dress are encouraged, but not required. Dancers of all levels and non-dancers are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate and celebrate our diversity and learn something new!

Sankofa African Dance Team: Remembering Your Roots
Recipients: Vennesa Duodu and Ruth Adade
The name Sankofa is from the Akan language of Ghana, West Africa with its translation being 'Reach back and get it'. This means that in order for one to move forward, one has look back and collect their history. Our aim is to bring the African diaspora together through movement of the body that is rooted in history.

Soul Train: Peace, Love and Soul
Recipients: Brandy Caldwell
Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location: SCC Theater, Mandel Humanities Center Atrium
The theme for our Spring showcase is: Love, Peace, & Soul Train. We are paying homage to "America's Favorite Dance Show", Soul Train, that aired in 1971 and ran for over 30 years showcasing icons such as the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Destiny's Child and hundreds more! Our event provides the community with a fun and entertaining space that not only showcases the diversity of the Brandeis campus, but also bridges the different cultural/performance groups on and off campus together under our shared love of music and dance.