Engaging with the Broader Community

Brandeis’ social justice mission comes to life through the work of dedicated students like Stephanie Johnson ’13


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Stephanie Johnson ’13 knows that not all the lessons she learns at Brandeis will come in the classroom. A politics major from Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnson devotes hours each week to her work as a tenants advocate at the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH), an organization that promotes affordable housing in the area. The internship is supported by a stipend from the TD Charitable Foundation.

Such commitment to community engagement and social justice is a hallmark of the Brandeis experience.

This semester is a particularly busy one for Johnson. In addition to her housing advocacy, she will travel to the Massachusetts State House in the spring of 2011 to push for a law that would ensure individuals convicted of crimes have access to DNA evidence they might use in an appeal.

As if that's not enough, Johnson is a member of the Voices of Soul a cappella group, the women's rugby team, and is a founder and leader of the Girl Empowerment Group at the Waltham YMCA.