Important Dates: 'DEIS Impact 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM:Launch party and info session

Friday, September 12, 2014: 'DEIS Impacter application deadline

Friday, October 17, 2014 at noon: Event proposal deadline

Friday, October 24, 2014: Event decisions and funding sent via email

Monday, November 10, 2014 at noon: Final event details due from event proposers

January 30, 2014 - February 9, 2015: The Fourth Annual 'DEIS Impact

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Launching ’DEIS Impact 2015

'DEIS Impacter Vice Chair Heather Spector '17 at the launch party

'DEIS Impacter Vice Chair Heather Spector '17 at the launch party

September 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss helped kick off the fourth annual 'DEIS Impact festival of social justice on September 4th (as quoted by Marci McPhee, Associate Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life).  "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." So said the Lorax.

The dozens of students, faculty and staff who gathered at the Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium clearly care a lot. They met with ’DEIS Impact organizers to discuss how to organize and obtain funding for a ’DEIS Impact event, which could range from talks, workshops, and discussions to exhibits and performances.

Similarly, Dean of Students Jamele Adams quoted singer-songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid in his address: “If you're not living your life to make somebody else's life better you are wasting your time.” (His full remarks are below.)

The launch party was “amazing” said Heather Spector '17, the ’DEIS Impact Vice Chair, and Dean Jamele Adams “brought the energy up a notch with his enthusiasm and passionate slam poetry.” Spector appreciated “the passion all of the speakers had for ’DEIS Impact,” and cannot wait for the team to begin planning the festival.

This year Brandeis University’s fourth annual 'DEIS Impact Festival of Social Justice, organized by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union will take place January 30 – February 9, 2015.

Deadlines to participate in the festival as well as information on the keynote speaker and a downloadable mini-calendar can be found at

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Click for the full text of Dean Adams’ remarks.

Maya Angelou: Do what you love so well, that they can't imagine doing it without you

BJ The Chicago Kid: If you're not living your life to make somebody else's life better you are wasting your time

And when it comes to others and social justice, we "ERUPT!"

There is a fire in our bellies at Brandeis, and it burns for social justice. We dare to be disobedient when it leads to equality. We appreciate the term crazy, when we align our efforts of insanity with that which is right. We put art in the word heart. Even our lights have reason. Alina [Pokhrel ‘15], your 'DEIS Impact Chair has a signature that says, "Love and Light and she doesn't just say thank you, she says "thanks an ocean”. With love lighting our way across any metaphorical or physical ocean, we 'DEIS Impact.

This means that social justice is to Brandeis, as “heart” is to human life. And our blood is blue and white as it flows through our scholars whom are our student body; and the staff fill those breathing lungs with air, I as your Dean of students am a component of the many forming the rib cage that protects it all. This is our respiratory system. In other words, our very breath and life as an institution are wedded to that which is right for all. 

We owe it to ourselves to not fall short of that legacy. And 'DEIS Impact assures us of that.  This annual movement is unique and unlike any other on campus or at any other institution because of us. We don't do this for one day, or a week or every couple of years, WE DO THIS DAILY and celebrate our pride in doing so yearly. WE HAVE 'DEIS Impact! We do 'DEIS Impact to give the world a sampling of where our campus culture lives extraordinarily. We don't compare to others, for it is not a competition, but a state of our existence.

We move with love, light and across oceans because no matter what happens around the world;

Whether it is 200 kidnapped girls, or black males unjustly murdered, or wars across borders, whether it's in Israel, or Mexico; New York City, or Ferguson Missouri; the Ukraine, Russia, Asia or Haiti...

Regardless of where in the world there is a need for humanity, heart and a touch of love; no matter who makes the call, we proudly respond, and without hesitation; either on campus or we go there-wherever that might be. We show up with care for our human family and have this energy, passion and undying & unconditional amour for human life; and we do it how – say it with me – 'DEIS Impact!”