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2018 Summary of Events

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Multiday Event

Mapping Displacement: Refugee Crises in Global Perspective

Display: Thursday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 11, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

This display successfully exhibited more than 13 regions that are suffering mislocations. It features a rich amount of information and details of the refugee crisis and provided means for people to help, creating lasting impact.
Summary by Yiyi Wu, 'DEIS Imacter

Sponsored By: STAND: The Student Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
For more information: Yiyi Wu,

Thursday, February 1

Conversations in Global Health Service Delivery

Thursday, Feb. 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

Read the article in The Justice

During this event, organized by YourStoryInternational, a panelist of speakers from a variety of global health backgrounds spoke on the methods and mindsets that contribute to effective global healthcare. Richard Pulice, Wayde Dazelle, John Paul, and Vineet Vishwanath answered questions with advice for students looking to explore global healthcare and gave examples from their own personal experiences. Each panelist brought a unique perspective to the table and each emphasized sustainability and comprehensive measures of impact. Dazelle noted that global health care must go beyond the “easy projects” such as vaccine distribution, that we “Need to engage with socioeconomic sociopolitical factors that act as a wellspring [for health issues]”. Vishwanath, who is involved with FIMRC (which promotes international clinics staffed by individuals from the area) spoke about how improving food preparation methods for street food can have a large impact on the wellbeing of a population. He also mentioned “voluntourism”. This word refers to the short service trips catered more to the experience of the volunteers than producing sustainable change in an area. Paul and Wayde emphasized how it is necessary to study the economic and social structure in the region in question in order to affect meaningful change. By taking into account the perspectives and lifestyles of local residents, programs and initiatives can be tailored to capitalize on economic and social structures already in place instead of opposing them. At the end of the event the panelists gave advice for individuals looking to pursue work in global health. They said to start small, learn how not to do global healthcare and then work off of that, educate yourself before embarking on a journey and following your passion instead of the trends. This event raised a lot of thoughtful issues and provided an array of perspectives - truly an embodiment of the principles of 'DEIS Impact.
Summary by Anna Cass, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: YourStory International
For more information: Herlyne Das,

Distinct and United: A Speak-In on Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders 

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Center Lounge

Read the article in The Justice.


Although the Asian American-Pacific Islander community is a group with diverse cultures and backgrounds, they are united as one community, in solidarity with each other. To both maintain and explore this connection between the different ethnicities, the event allowed for attendees to listen to different stories and see the commonalities and differences between themselves and others, and between their own culture and other cultures. This event included Dr. Day and Dr. Pu Wang from AAPI committee who helped students to learn, come together and increase increase solidarity, not just within the Asian American-Pacific Islander community, but among the Brandeis community in general.
Summary by Yiyi Wu, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Brandeis Asian American Task Force (BAATF) and Brandeis Asian American Student Association (BAASA)
For more information: Maxwell Tang,

'DEIS Impact Kickoff Party

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: The Stein

Students on their regular walk to and from Sherman Dining Hall and the Stein were excited to find themselves in the midst of the 'Deis Impact Kickoff Party! Enticed by the smell of fresh popcorn, a chance to take a photo with the 'Deis Impact photoframes, and enthusiasm for 'Deis Impact, passersby learned about the festival of social justice and walked away with popcorn and promotional materials.
Summary by Julia Sirota, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Julia Sirota,

Friday, February 2

Words Matter: How to Help Social Movements by Using Humanizing Language

Friday, Feb. 2, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan- Note new location

This event, hosted by Brandeis Active Minds, brought speaker Khalil Cumberbatch from The Fortune Society to lead a presentation and discussion on the importance of using humanizing language to characterize individuals with justice system involvement. Khalil framed the discussion in terms of the crisis of mass incarceration and the historical dehumanization of incarcerated individuals, as well as its intersection with histories and rhetorics of structural racism. We were reminded to go beyond impersonal statistics and consider that people affected by the justice system are embedded in communities and families as well. Using language that acknowledges the humanity and complexity of people, beyond their status as "felon" or "inmate," is one way to resist a system that stigmatizes those individuals long after they have served sentences or even been proved innocent.
Summary by Aurora Recknor, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF].

Sponsored By: Active Minds at Brandeis University and The Fortune Society
For more information: Ely Schudrich,

And Still We Rise

Friday, Feb. 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room


Read the article in The Hoot.

And Still We Rise was an event reflecting on the stories and experiences of people facing prison incarceration. As a drama group, the whole cast is made up of people who have faced these injustices acting out certain moments from their lives. This event started with some apple cider and oranges, moved on to short skits performed by the cast and ended with a reflective session talking about the effects of prison. The skits were comprised of scenes about being on the streets, addiction, parenthood and feeling trapped. During the reflection, the cast and crew recounted why they tell their stories and how it is a cathartic release for them. They acknowledged their mistakes and said it was an important part of their life. One of the cast members is actually back in prison for seven years and that was an emotional reflection for the cast and director, Dev Luthra. This event really caused viewers to reflect on the decisions people make out of poverty, and how the government makes the decision to send them into prison and the abusive and lonely state’s effects on the human mind. This event was an opportunity for us to acknowledge our immense privilege as educated individuals and what we can do to put our privilege to good use.

Summary by Tanashya Batra, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: And Still We Rise Productions
For more information: Gail Hall and Dev Luthra,

Slam Impact

Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Forum


Read the article in The Hoot

This event featured student voices from a wide array of identities. Performers shared deeply personal anecdotes from their lives. They shared their struggles with eating disorders, police brutality, family expectations, gender norms and much more. The audience was captivated by the trust the performers had instilled in them when sharing such vulnerable aspects of their lives. At the very end a professor, Will Chalmus, performed a shocking, spontaneous and brilliant talk on institutional racism and poverty.
Summary by Lizy Dabanka, 'DEIS Impacter

For more information: Lizy Dabanka, and Sohaima Khilji,

Saturday, February 3

R E U S E: Reconstruction Workshop for Sustainability

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313


This event was hosted by Art in Suburbia, a nonprofit organization that empowers local suburban communities to use art as an outlet for sustainability. At this workshop, participants were invited to repurpose old clothing items, such as scarves and blouses, to make canvassed art. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate the ways that old and tarnished clothing items can be repurposed into works of art. Clothing is a luxury than many do not have, and repurposing old items is one way that we can work to have more sustainability within the fashion and textile industry.
Summary by Zosia Busé, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Art in Suburbia
For more information: Linda Ferrer,

FEATURED EVENT: Amal Kassir: Islamophobia on College Campuses

Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater


Read articles in The Justice and The Hoot

Amal Kassir: Amal Kassir's talk was deeply moving and inspirational. She spoke in a way that was incredibly relatable. She spoke of not faulting others for their ignorance, of being openminded. Of the power of a smile to diffuse a hostile situation. Finally, she reminded us all just how similar we all are even if we are seemingly separated by so much.
Summary by Lizy Dabanka, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Muslim Student Association and Social Justice Committee of the Student Senate
For more information: Lizy Dabanka, and Sohaima Khilji,

Sunday, February 4

#STANDUPFIGHTBACK: How to Organize on a Campus

Sunday, Feb. 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room


This event was a combination of lecture and a workshop. The Brandeis Labor Coalitions brought in a guest speaker to discuss the history and strategies of student organizing groups. There was conversation around the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which organized many movements within the larger Civil Rights movement, and United Students Against Sweatshops. The speaker discussed the need for strategy, such as viewing 990s or creating relationship with the administration when planning a demonstration or movement. The event ended with a workshop around a mock demonstration, in which the audience was able to apply the skills they had learned to brainstorm a scenario.
Summary by Zosia Busé, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Brandeis Labor Coalition
For more information: Lucy Wingard,

Sites of Intersection: College, Activism & Identity

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan


This event was hosted by the Queer Resource Center, and served as a space for students, staff, and faculty to explore the steps they can take to incite meaningful change on the Brandeis campus. Special guest Jesse Beal presented key aspects of community organizing, as well as the specific obstacles college students face when trying to mobilize around a cause. Sites of Intersection was a collaborative educational space that allowed participants to critically explore their past, present, and future social justice work at Brandeis.
Summary by Milena Jeffers, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Queer Resource Center and Sexuality and Queer Studies Program
For more information: Milena Jeffers, and Kavita Sundaram,

Monday, February 5

Circle Up! A New Play Investigating the Achievement Gap

Monday, Feb. 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater


Youth Underground, a theater ensemble, presented a remarkable series of vignettes illustrating many sides of the academic achievement gap between races, due to unequal access to opportunities and implicit bias. Memorable phrases from the original play include "We don't all just leave our troubles at the door," "My address should come with a trigger warning," and (from a teacher to a student), "You did great. And I heard that you were going to be no angel." The audience was invited to "Circle Up"; to encircle, support and protect the vulnerable youth in our educational system as they often set a lifelong course in their school years.

Sponsored By: Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation Program (CAST)
For more information: Azlin Perdomo, 

"Sound and Fury": A Film Screening by Brandeis ASL Club & Lurie Institute

Monday, Feb. 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Heller School, Altman Amphitheater G1


This event offered an excellent window into the debate surrounding cochlear implants and deafness. The screening of the documentary "Sound and Fury" was followed by an engaging discussion led by experts on the topic. It is easy to think that advances like the implants are unilaterally beneficial to people, but this event revealed the complex interaction between a vibrant deaf culture (and language) and a technology that can sometimes serve to limit access to language and community resources for deaf children. Attendees learned how important it is to understand that categories of ability and disability should be open to self-determination by individuals: many deaf people deeply value their language and the culture associated with it, and do not see "cures" for deafness as desirable per se. The event emphasized how important it is to seek exposure to and thoughtful engagement with communities rather than uncompromisingly applying one's own vision of progress or well-being.
Summary by Aurora Recknor, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Brandeis American Sign Language Club and Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
For more information: Victoria Sharaga,

Social Justice Case Challenge

Monday, Feb. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

UNICEF USA and City Year presented real-world case challenges for student teams to brainstorm solutions. The cases were: expanding the UNICEF Kid Power band from an elementary school target audience to a middle and high school target audience, and helping City Year recruit more diverse AmeriCorps team members. A panel of judges chose a winning team for each case challenge from among the exemplary team presentations. Kudos to the student participants for helping these outstanding community partners think about the challenges they face in their work.

Sponsored By: Waltham Group, Hiatt Career Center, City Year and UNICEF USA
For more information: Lauren Shortall,

Tuesday, February 6

'Deis Does Cit Sci: Citizen Science and Social Justice

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan


Brandeis Does Cit Sci was a fascinating event involving discussion of factors like ozone and its negative effects on the environment and thus, communities. The events speaker made wonderful and thought provoking connections between lower income areas and a lack of opportunity to find greener areas, hypothesizing that this was the reason for more illness and deaths. An organization the speaker collaborates with, Operation Healthy Air, has gotten involved with ozone sensor deployment, allowing citizens to get involved and participate, becoming involved and allowing them to help influence their communities. After the talk, note cards were given out and the audience was instructed to write how an answer to the question: "How can we make the city nature challenge more accessible to all Boston populations?" Ultimately, the talk was very moving as it brought up things involving the environment and connections to social justice that most people probably don't usually think about.
Summary by Anna Cowett, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies Department and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Department Representatives (UDRs)
For more information: Hannah Stewart,

Work and Workers at Brandeis: The People Who Make it Run

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan


This event featured a panel comprised of union members and stewards from around the Brandeis community, to include the library, graduate students, and adjunct faculty. The panel discusses various topics regarding work at Brandeis and the role of worker-led unions. The panel was moderated by two students of the Brandeis Labor Coalition and Brandeis Direct Action group. The discussion included discussion of labor and workers’ rights at Brandeis, current union initiatives, and how students can support the work of the unions across the Brandeis community.
Summary by Zosia Busé, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Leftists for Direct Action and Brandeis Labor Coalition
For more information: Yael Eiger,

KEYNOTE: "One Person at a Time, One Humanity Closer": Tackling the Syrian Crisis from New Hampshire

With Nadia Alawa

keynoteTuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Read articles from BrandeisNow, The Justice, and The Hoot

See a video of the talk.

Wednesday, February 7

Owning your economic success

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313

Fewer than 60% of American adults are financially literate, meaning they understand personal financial management. Such life skills are not taught in school, and parents either don't know or are too busy to teach their children at home. The problem is particularly profound in low income communities, where such lifeskills can make the difference for success in life. Junior Achievement has worked for nearly 100 years on providing such training to kids K-12, and now operates in all 50 states and 120 countries. Entrepreneurship and workforce skills are also taught. College-aged or older volunteers have the opportunity to really make a difference in a child's life path, particularly for children with few resources.

Sponsored By: Junior Achievement of Northern New England
For more information: Jake Rong,

Exploring social justice in the Brandeis classroom and beyond: courses, internships, and careers

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313


"What is social justice to you?", the event started with the often-asked question. Later on, Sarah Curi, a professor of HSSP in Brandeis and also the organizer of this event, asked the participants a series of more practical questions. "What are classes in Brandeis you have taken that are closely related to Social Justice?" with examples varying from art courses to science courses. She also asked whether we chose our majors because we want to do it or under parents' direction. By considering these questions, we gained a better understanding of how important the role of social justice plays in our school and in our daily lives.
Summary by Panny Tao, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Health: Science, Society & Policy (HSSP), Hiatt Career Center
For more information: Sarah Curi,

H2Woe: The Struggle for Clean Water

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan


Read the article in The Hoot.

"3900 children die everyday because they do not have clean water." The struggle for water. If you do not actually get to know how many people are suffering from lacking of access to clean water, it is hard for us to understand how serious this issue is. Climate change means less water everywhere, and we are facing a problem which is getting more and more serious. It also raises conflicts about economic growth while maintaining the benefits of local farmers in many developing countries. There are also worries about inequality and discrimination among people who have water and those who not. Foundation for international medical relief of children, Brandeis chapter, is dedicating itself into raising awareness about environmental issues among students and it is also looking forward to seeing more action being taken to solve these issues in the international community.
Summary by Panny Tao, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)
For more information: Talia Gerard,

Thursday, February 8

'DEIS Impact College: Conquests, Resistance, and Cultural Transformation in Mexico and Central America

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of the anthropology course ANTH 119a with Charles Golden. See summaries of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: International Environmental Conflict & Collaboration

Thursday, Feb. 8, 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of the environmental studies course ENVS 118b with Charles Chester. See summaries of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Slavery in the Roman World with its modern implications

Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:00-6:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of the classical studies course CLAS 192B with Bernadette Brooten. See summaries of 'DEIS Impact College.

Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking: A Survivor’s Story

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Approximately 15,000-17,000 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States every year. These men and women are brought into the country seeking a better life and instead are faced with a living nightmare. From physical to emotional abuse, stripped identities and no compensation, survivors of slavery and trafficking have incredibly moving stories to tell. Students came together in Sherman Function Hall to hear a survivor of sex trafficking share her story. Then, a representative from Amirah spoke about the work that this organization does to support women escaping from human trafficking.
Summary by Julia Sirota, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF].

Sponsored By: Hillel at Brandeis
For more information: Anna Stern,

Powers of Place: Inequities of Geography and Work in the 21st Century

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Jake Greenberg, leader of the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact, led a fascinating conversation about the challenges of transportation and affordable housing for different demographics in different kinds of spaces. Even in the USA, "food swamps," with an overabundance of starchy foods, lead to high obesty rates (with West Virginia as a prime example - 3rd lowest income level in the country, and very high obesity rates). Environmental, social, health and economic issues intersect in the form of place.

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Net Impact: Brandeis Undergraduate Chapter
For more information: Jake Greenberg,

Is Teach for America For America?

Thursday, Feb. 8, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Location: Schwartz Auditorium


Read the article in The Hoot.

Teach for America (TFA) is a national program that is hailed by some and condemned by others. The panel for this event was made up of a Brandeis Professor and a representative from TFA. They discussed educational inoportgunities that face students of color in financially insecure homes. Throughout the discussion a major point of clash between the two sides was the question of whether TFA teachers were well prepared to teach students from struggling homes after only a summer of intensive prep. Despite lack of resolution on this front it was quite evident that everyone believed that America's education system needs to be reformed.
Summary by Lizy Dabanka, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society
For more information: Renee Korgood,

Friday, February 9

'DEIS Impact College: Sustainable Economic Development Strategies

Friday, Feb. 9, 9:00-11:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of the graduate level Heller School course HS 289F with Nader Habibi and Can Erbil. See summaries of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Conservative Political Thought

Friday, Feb. 9, 12:00-1:50 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of the politics course POL 187B with Bernard Yack. See summaries of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact Graduate Student and Post-Doc Poster Session

Friday, Feb. 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

This event was a collaboration between 'DEIS Impact and the Brandeis graduate student population. It was so wonderful to take a moment within the festival to celebrate some of their work relating to social justice and learn from them. From interactive displays exploring how much time and effort children worldwide put into the collection of water, to important analysis of how different academic institutions engage with their surrounding communities, each presentation was an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage with a passionate researcher. We have so much to learn from all of our community members- fellow undergraduates, faculty members, staff and service workers, and graduate students alike. As such, this event was very in keeping with the spirit of 'DEIS Impact.
Summary by Aurora Recknor, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: 'DEIS Impact
For more information: Jonathan Kroll,

After the Storm: Housing Insecurity in the Wake of Natural Disasters

Friday, Feb. 9, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center- Note new location

Homelessness on a good day is a tragedy. When you add natural disaster on top of that, it's a tragedy of monumental proportions. The mandate of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is to restore each person's situation to what it was before the tragedy. In the case of individuals experiencing homelessness, that means they had no home before the disaster, and they have no home after the disaster. But the social services available to them may be wiped out, making their situation exponentially harder -- with public health implications as well as societal failure to support these most vulnerable individuals. David Canavan, a consultant for Housing and Urban Development, explained that in Massachusetts, 67.2% of people experiencing homelessness are families with children. Some 20% are GLBTQ youth- unaccompanied minors. Within 48 hours, many are engaging in survival sex and or survival drug dealing, with dramatically reduced life outcomes. With more frequent hurricanes, floods and disease outbreaks, even in the USA, the intersection of homelessness and disaster is only going to get worse without action.

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF].

Sponsored By: Waltham Group Hunger and Homelessness and Habitat for Humanity
For more information: Lily Elderkin,

Modern 3D Printing Meets Disabilities

Friday, Feb. 9, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan


Read the article in The Justice.

This event was hosted and organized by the Brandeis Prostheis Club. They introduced to us the advance technology of 3D printing and also introduced E-Nable, which is a global movement and a community of 3D printing makers. 3D printing can now make things to help those who are in need, for example, hands. After their introduction, we were provided with small parts to make a 3D printed hand by ourselves. Experiencing how to make a hand by our own hands, we had a better understanding of how technology can change the world and bring social justice into our lives.
Summary by Panny Tao, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Brandeis Prosthesis Club
For more information: Alison Tassone,

“This Only the Beginning. Not the End” with Chinese LGBTQ+ activist Zi’en Cui (崔子恩)

Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theaterthisonlythebegining

The Brandeis community has always taken pride in being a diverse group of people from different cultural and national backgrounds. This event showed how LGBTQA+ activism taking place all around the globe. Many students brought up brilliant questions regarding the current LGBTQIA+ political situation in China. One of the most significant achievements of this event is that many international students at Brandeis came to participate, bridging the conversations between international students and domestic ones.
Summary by Yiyi Wu, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Queer People of Color Coalition and Brandeis Asian American Task Force (BAATF)
For more information: Yiyi Wu,

Saturday, February 10

'DEIS Impact Celebration

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Chums Coffeehouse


While having delicious ice cream from Lizzy's, we celebrated the end of 'DEIS Impact 2018 and honored our 'DEIS Impact coach, Marci Mcphee since she is leaving Brandeis after this year's 'DEIS Impact. Marci is not only a coach of 'DEIS Impact; she is also a great impacter of 'DEIS Impact. She encourages all the 'DEIS Impacters to find social justices in our lives. Thank you Marci!
Summary by Panny Tao, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Julia Sirota,

Sunday, February 11

Seeds of Solidarity: Grow Food, Grow Justice!

Sunday, Feb. 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room


This event was a reflection of the processes and people that go into producing and transporting the food we eat every single day. The event started with a meditation exercise lead by the owners of the farm and research centre, Seeds of Solidarity. The meditation served as a good grounding technique for all the attendees and focused our attention on food growth. We also brainstormed about a recent food item we consumed and shared our thoughts about it. People discussed everything from bagels and coffee to oranges and bananas. The reflective sessions were followed by a vegan lunch of pasta, salad and homemade bread. While eating, a presentation about the farm Seeds of Solidarity was given which was followed by another reflection. All in all, this event made its attendees reflect on how to nourish more people in safe and ethical ways through the eyes of the expert farm researchers.
Summary by Tanashya Batra, 'DEIS Impacter

Sponsored By: Brandeis Farmers Club and Department of Spiritual and Religious Life
For more information: Benee Hershon,

Become an Immigration Representative

Sunday, Feb. 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center


Becoming an Immigration Representative explored the ways in which undergrad students can become Immigration Representatives through TRII (the Right to Immigration Institute). The cases taken on by these representatives are mainly asylum cases and there was discussion of the services provided such as a comprehensive immigration benefit screening. The organizer discussed many aspects including but not limited to, who can represent immigrants, requirements for becoming a representative, as well as the application process. Other options were provided for those who could not commit to this process like volunteering at local organizations like WATCH CDC and the Waltham Family School. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.
Summary by Anna Cowett, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Brandeis Student Association for TRII and The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII)
For more information: Jonathan Goldman,

Social Justice On Your Plate

Sunday, Feb. 11, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Ridgewood Commons


Read the article in The Justice

Social Justice on Your Plate explored the connection between social justice and animal welfare. Hosted by Brandeis Veg Club, Unicorn Goods founder and CEO Cayla Mackey delivered a presentation about the necessity for more humane treatment of animals and the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. She then transitioned to a live cooking demonstration and audience members had an opportunity to sample tofu scramble, veggie burgers, and vegan ice cream.
Summary by Jake Rong, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF]

Sponsored By: Brandeis Veg Club
For more information: Heather Schiller,

'DEIS Impact Open Mic

Sunday, Feb. 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium


Sponsored By: 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Tanashya Batra,

Fantastic Tools and Where to Find Them: Environmental Justice in Action

Sunday, Feb. 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313


This interesting event explored the metaphorical aspects of more popular fandoms like Harry Potter, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Pokemon. This group made fascinating connections between these plots and environmental issues. There was much discussion and lots of good questions that really got the audience thinking about things like What does environmentalism really mean? and Why can talking about environmental racism and justice be challenging? Connections were made to more controversial topics like Flint, MI, and the Dakota Pipeline. They presented statistics on lead poisoning and toxic waste and were able to question why stories garner more attention when there are strong antagonists in stories rather than in reality when things like environmental racism are pushed aside.
Summary by Anna Cass, 'DEIS Impacter

Check out their ideas for lasting impact [PDF].

Sponsored By: Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance (HPA)
For more information: Sarah Durkin,

FEATURED EVENT: Just Because You're in a Storm Doesn't Mean the Storm has to be in You

Wed. March 28, 2018 (rescheduled due to snow)
5:00pm- Talk in Rapaporte Treasure Hall
6:15pm- Multifaith Dinner and Discussion justbecauseyoureinastorm

This event featured Reverend Kirk Jones, who spoke about the importance of slowing down and taking breaks in our daily lives. His talk revolved around the idea, "how to burn brightly in the world without burning out." This is particularly important for those working for social justice, who need to "burn brightly" but might become overwhelmed by the heavy weight of personal and social challenges. Coming from a Christian background, Rev. Jones integrated narratives from the Bible to emphasize the need for relaxation, rest, and retreat. Living high-paced lives in a high-paced world often leaves one feeling empty and unfulfilled, and according to Reverend Jones, it is necessary to take time to be in the moment, and be still. This event ended with a casual question-and-answer session, and a multi-faith dinner. 

Sponsored By: Department of Spiritual and Religious Life, Brandeis Interfaith Group (BIG) and Brandeis Graduate Christian Fellowship
For more information: Matthew Carriker,

For more information about 'DEIS Impact click here.
Questions about this weeklong festival of justice? Email