Brandeis ENACT Students Visit Massachusetts State House

Students with Professor Stimell at the Massachusetts State House

Students with Professor Stimell at the Massachusetts State House

March 1, 2017

On March 1st, ENACT Academic Program Director Professor Melissa Stimell and the students of her Brandeis University ENACT course visited the Massachusetts State Capitol. 

At the capitol, students met with legislators and legislative aides about the bills they are focused on this semester.

Such bills included: An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses, The Safe Communities Act, The Electronic Privacy Act, An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, An Act Decriminalizing Non-Violent and Verbal Student Misconduct, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, An Act Providing Access to Higher Education for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth, An Act Establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, An Act to Protect Confidential Health Care, An Act Creating a Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness, An Act to Increase Access to Children’s Mental Health Services in the Community. 

Students visited the state house throughout the semester for additional meetings, and have been meeting with representatives of community organizations as well.

Since 2010, Stimell has been teaching this course which engages Brandeis undergraduates with the legislative process on key state-level social issues. The course serves as a model for the new ENACT program, now at 15 university campuses nationwide. 


ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Students enrolled in courses taught by ENACT faculty fellows at colleges and universities in or near state capitals around the country are learning how to work with advocacy organizations, legislators and legislative staff members to advance policy. For more information, visit

This new major program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University 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.