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Join and learn from the Brandeis legacy of social justice professionals by sharing your personal story, professional path and career advice with current students and alumni. As a student, review your past service-related internships in the Brandeis Internship Exchange and read what others have said. As an alum, participate in a variety of career-related volunteer opportunities including Wisdom Wanted, Hiatt's popular online alumni-student networking program. To learn more, contact Alexandra Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement, at (781) 736-3623.




"Brandeis has always taken pride in its belief in social justice, and ‘DEIS impact takes that belief to a whole new level. It is that week when the Brandeis community collectively comes together to celebrateour community's strength to make a positive change in our world.” - Shikha Chandarana, '17, 'DEIS Impacter

"I am proud to be a part of a cohesive event towards social justice, rather than something isolated.”-'DEIS Impact 2016 Event Organizer

"Last year's festival was my absolute favorite week I've experienced at Brandeis. Every single event I went to or participated in left my mind and soul empowered and enriched, and I still feel the power of these events months later. I finally felt like I was a part of a larger, impassioned Brandeis community. -Regina Roberg, '17

Jan. 26 - Feb. 5, 2017


A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presents Brandeis University’s sixth annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments will host dozens of events, featuring talks, workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions.


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'DEIS Impact 2017 Keynote Address: "The World in You and You in the World: Identity in Action"

Rebecca Walker

Germaine Ingram
Photo by David Fenton

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Founder of the Third Wave Fund for Social Justice, Walker was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. Bestselling author of "Black White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and many other works, she brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about identity, culture and power. For more information click here.

Tickets will be required for this event. For ticket information click here.



"Transparent" screening with post-show discussion featuring Rebecca Walker

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center 
Rebecca Walker is deeply engaged in today's new wave of progressive television. Through her work on lesbian comedian Tig Notaro’s show, "One Mississippi," television adaptations of her own works "Black Cool" and "Black, White and Jewish," and her affiliation with "Transparent," the Amazon original series created by Jill Soloway, Walker uses television as a medium to explore issues of identity and representation. "Transparent," now in its third season, follows the relationships of a Jewish family after learning that their father identifies as transgender.  Come to a screening of the "Transparent" episode "Kina Hora" (season 2 episode 1), in which Rebecca Walker is featured on screen. Then join the discussion about the “New Hollywood" with Walker and panelists Dr. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (professor of ENG, AAAS, and WGS, author of "Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race"); Brie McLemore and Alex Montgomery, both joint Heller MPP/WGS candidates; and Triskelion member Ruth Galaviz '17.

Co-sponsored by Film, Television and Interactive Media Program and The Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
For more information: ethics@brandeis.edu 

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"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Watch 'DEIS Impact sponsor Jules Bernstein '57 talk about the history of social action at Brandeis:

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