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Advocacy for Policy Change receives Jewish Social Change Matching Fund grant

Massachusetts State Representative Kaufman hosting the students of “Advocacy for Policy Change” at the Massachusetts State House, February 11, 2014.

Massachusetts State Representative Kaufman hosting the students of “Advocacy for Policy Change” at the Massachusetts State House, February 11, 2014.

February 10, 2015

The Advocacy for Policy Change Initiative received a grant of $25,000 in the inaugural competition of the Jewish Social Change Matching Fund.

The Fund, which was created by seven foundations in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, sought out social change projects guided by Jewish values. The grant matched a generous gift made by Board member Norbert Weissberg, who, along with his wife and former Board member, Judith Schneider, has championed the social justice initiatives of the Ethics Center, and particularly the Advocacy Initiative, since its founding.

The funds will be used to strengthen the Advocacy Initiative at Brandeis as well as to form the Brandeis Advocacy Network, the precursor to expanding the program to colleges and universities near state capitols across the country.

About Advocacy for Policy Change

In 2009 the Ethics Center launched Advocacy for Policy Change, an initiative designed to encourage citizens to bring moral and ethical insights to the process of making and revising laws. The centerpiece of this initiative focuses on Brandeis undergraduate students, through “Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGLS 161b), a Legal Studies Program course introduced in spring 2010, taught by Professor Melissa Stimell. “Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGLS 161b) combines an investigation of the ethical dilemmas that arise in the process of lawmaking with hands-on advocacy work with entities seeking to reform laws or to propose new ones.