Brandeis ENACT Alum is guest speaker at University of Mississippi ENACT class

KAYLA CRONIN '11 (LEFT) AND KATE ALEXANDER '12 (RIGHT) PRESENTING THEIR BRANDEIS ENACT COURSE WORK IN 2011

KAYLA CRONIN '11 (LEFT) AND KATE ALEXANDER '12 (RIGHT) PRESENTING THEIR BRANDEIS ENACT COURSE WORK IN 2011

Kate Alexander joined Faculty Fellow James Slack's class to discuss the course and careers

Jan 24, 2017

Brandeis ENACT alum Kate Alexander joined ENACT Faculty Fellow James Slack’s class at University of Mississippi last week via Skype from New York City to share her experience with ENACT and her perspective as a public policy professional, and to answer questions from his students.

ENACT Faculty Fellow James Slack said his class much appreciated the virtual visit, "After the Skype talk, the atmosphere changed in my class of 10 students. Before it was simply a review of the details of the course. After talking with Kate, the rest of the night was bound with excitement about skills to be learned."

"What a tremendous testament provided by Kate Alexander!" he said. "What a statement of need for the ENACT program at Brandeis – and nationally! It is truly impacting the future."
As a student in Melissa Stimell’s ENACT course at Brandeis in 2011, Kate focused on the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students. She is now Co-Director and Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State, and Deputy Representative of the International Peace Bureau at the United Nations. She is also a Master of Public Administration candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, studying humanitarian policy and gender and public policy.

"Not only did she cover what she did at Brandeis," he continued. "[But also] her insights into her responsibilities in New York and her insights into what students can gain from ENACT that will help them later in life – all of this invigorated my students – not just for this course but also for their careers."

This interaction is an example of how the ENACT network can enrich the learning experience of current students and inform them of career paths that align with their passion about advocacy.

During a visit later in the month, James Slack's ENACT class visited the Mississippi State Capitol. Pictured are, l-r: Laryssa McBeath; Loden Snell, Dr. Slack; Hunter Traffica; Nestor Delgado; Jazlyn Brisack; Olivia Heuser; Stephen Chavez; Ethan Wright

During a visit later in the month, James Slack's ENACT class visited the Mississippi State Capitol. Pictured are, l-r: Laryssa McBeath; Loden Snell, Dr. Slack; Hunter Traffica; Nestor Delgado; Jazlyn Brisack; Olivia Heuser; Stephen Chavez; Ethan Wright. Read more about that visit here

ENACT is a new national program launched recently by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. The initiative is designed to engage young people in state-level legislative change, as well as encourage citizens to bring ethical insights into the process of making and revising laws.

ENACT is made possible by a generous gift from Ethics Center Board member Norbert Weissberg and his wife, former Board member Judith Schneider. ENACT is also supported by the Rice Family Foundation.