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Make an Impact: Share Your Story & Learn from Others 
Contribute to 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, share your internship experiences through the Brandeis Internship Exchange and read what others have contributed. As an alum, participate in Hiatt's career-related volunteer opportunities and become involved with your local alumni chapter to expand your network. To learn more, contact Alexandra Anweiler Stephens, Hiatt’s associate director of alumni engagement, at (781) 736-3623 or

"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.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7 pm in the Mandel Forum- 'DEIS Impact Launch Party!

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Midnight - Deadline to apply to be an undergraduate 'DEIS Impacter (more info coming soon)

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Midnight - Deadline to propose a 'DEIS Impact event- Apply Here!

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5-6:30pm over dinner in the ASAC Atrium- Mandatory meeting for event organizers and liaisons

Highlights from 'DEIS Impact 2016

Read summaries and see photos from 'DEIS Impact 2016.

Read the 2016 welcome message from our organizers.

Special Featured Event: 
Louis D. Brandeis, The Supreme Court and American Democracy

Featuring remarks by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Introduction by Lisa Lynch, Interim President, Brandeis University
Remarks by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Moderated by Frederick M. Lawrence, Brandeis University
Panelists included Ralph D. Gants, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court; Philippa Strum ’59, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for the New Yorker; and Mark Wolf, senior judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Part of "Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now:" a semester-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of Justice Brandeis’ nomination and appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

2016 'DEIS Impact Keynote Address and Performance with Germaine Ingram

See her feature in Brandeis NOW!

With Germaine Ingram (bio here) about the final horrific year of the Civil War in Atlanta, consisting of original songs and dances, combined with text from slave narratives, diaries, women's autobiographies, and letters that excavate the ambitions, fears, and internal conflicts of southern women----slave, free, white and black. Musicians Dr. Jacqueline Pickett and Diane Monroe lent their musical talents to this performance (bios here and here). 

Keynote Address- "The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice"

Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram illuminated her lives in the law, arts & culture, and the broad civic arena as avenues for advancing fairness, respect, and inclusion. This keynote included excerpts from her performance, "Freedom Underfoot," presented Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Violinist Diane Monroe lent her musical talents to this address (bio here).

See an excerpt of Ingram's work from a suite of original music and dance inspired by "Click! Song," a novel by John A. Williams about the personal and professional journey of an African American journalist in the period from World War I to the Civil Rights Movement. Music is by bassist Tyrone W. Brown.

These keynote events are part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration, and co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

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