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The Heller School’s Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) has received a $2.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to complete and launch diversitydatakids.org, the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database tool for finding data, policy information and analysis on the wellbeing of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.
To launch in January 2014, diversitydatakids.org will allow policymakers, researchers and advocates to compare child wellbeing data across states, counties, metropolitan areas, large cities and large school districts. Some data indicators will even be available at the neighborhood level for the 100 largest metro areas. Topic areas will include demographics, health, education, neighborhoods, family economics, policy and more.
“The U.S. child population is increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, but unfortunately not all children have the same opportunities for healthy development,” says Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, who is the principal investigator of the diversitydata.org project. “Our future hinges on our ability to ensure equitable opportunities for children, across all racial and ethnic groups, to lead healthy, productive lives. We hope that our data will equip users to become more informed advocates for all children and especially for vulnerable children.”
ICYFP also received a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a four year project to evaluate changes to the Massachusetts child care subsidy program for low-income working families, with a focus on families that face increased barriers to access, such as immigrant families.
Karen Brier, Yuki Wiland, Heather Yoon, Jenny Chen and Emily Huang, all from the Class of 2015, are the university’s Gilman Scholarship recipients. The students will travel to South Africa (Brier), Thailand (Wiland), Chile (Chen) and Denmark (Huang) during the upcoming spring semester. Yoon will study on Brandeis' own program, Brandeis in The Hague.
The Gilman program aims to diversify both the students who study abroad and the countries in which they study. Scholarship recipients gain experiences that prepare them for leadership roles within government and private sectors.
Benjamin A. Gilman, for whom the program is named and who retired in 2002 after serving 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, says, "Living and learning in the vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor rather than a spectator in the international community."
"I've always loved to travel, so even before I attended Brandeis I knew I would want to study abroad," says Brier. "My choice to go to South Africa was fairly spontaneous after I realized I could study anywhere in the world."
Wiland says, “I love traveling and experiencing new cultures. I also really value hands-on learning. There is so much more you can get by practice than from a textbook. The study I’ll be doing in Thailand fits right in with Brandeis’ Health: Science, Society and Policy program and includes a practicum where I can do research.”
“I hope to become a truly global citizen,” says Yoon. “The Gilman Scholarship will allow me to take advantage of the great resources in The Hague and opportunities to intern and research issues on gender equity and human trafficking without the distraction of financial concerns.”
Says Chen, “I've always been interested in becoming a global citizen, and I’ve always loved learning about different cultures, especially trying different cuisines, so studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to better integrate myself into the global community.”
The ceremony, held in the Faculty Club, recognized 112 employees for their years of service at Brandeis, including F. Trenery Dolbear Jr. and Charlotte Keen, who have each worked at the university for 45 years.
The Lou Ennis Staff Award and the Louis and Helen Zirkel Staff Award were also presented. Ryan Gill, senior human resources information systems coordinator, received the Zirkel Award, and Matthew McNeely, an electrical engineer in the physics department, was presented with the Ennis Award. A committee of faculty, staff and one student member selected Gill and McNeely from a large pool of nominations submitted by faculty and staff.
The Ennis Award recognizes an administrative employee who “has a history of consistent contributions to the well-being of the university” and treats “all members of the community with dignity and respect.” The Zirkel Award recognizes a staff member who has “made a significant contribution to or [has] demonstrated consistent effort to improve the service and the operation of his/her department and of the university.”
“It wasn’t on my radar. I was very happy and surprised that I actually won,” Gill says, noting that he’s not sure who nominated him for the honor. He says he always works hard “with a smile on my face no matter what, and get the work done no matter what.”
McNeely, who has been nominated previously, was surprised as well. “It’s overwhelming, and I’m extremely grateful for it,” he says. “I just work hard and help people with their work in the labs.”
Gill and McNeely will have their names engraved on a plaque, which will remain in their department over the next year, and receive a $500 check.
For more on the awards or previous award winners, visit the Employee Recognition Awards page.
At a celebratory 35th anniversary party and website launch Thursday, generations of women and men looked ahead and back at the founding of the women’s and gender studies (WGS) program, and the cultural climate that led to it.
“This is a magnificent moment in the history of Brandeis, not just in women’s studies,” said Joyce Antler, the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and women’s and gender studies.
Antler reminded guests in a packed Alumni Lounge of the many “unsung heroes” who “fought discrimination and pushed for women’s studies.” Women like Pauli Murray, a lawyer, professor and later the first black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest, who arrived at Brandeis in 1968; Andre Collard, who taught romance language and comparative literature at Brandeis for 26 years; and French professor Jane Pollack, among many others.
Some of Brandeis’ pioneers joined Antler on a panel, “Before Women’s Studies at Brandeis: Reflections on Student and Faculty Life.” Moderated by program chair Wendy Cadge, the panel included Phoebe Rothman Giddon ’56, a WGS board member; Karen Klein, an associate professor emerita of English and interdisciplinary studies; and Julieanna Richardson ’76, founder of HistoryMakers, an African American oral history project.
“The path to create women’s studies was parallel to the women’s rights movement,” Antler said.
The women shared remembrances of their time at Brandeis as students or faculty, and described their early struggles to fit in with predominantly male staff, to find female peers, to establish daycare, and ultimately, to bring the WGS program to fruition.
WGS alumni can continue to share their stories on the new, interactive website.
Last summer, Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) programs exposed students to areas of study like healthcare and nutrition, mobile apps, and American politics through experiential learning. In summer 2014, Brandeis will offer at least 10 different JBS programs to students at Brandeis and other universities.
JBS is an engaging, immersive academic program in which small groups of students explore a thematic topic through inquiry-based courses linked to real-world experiential opportunities.
JBS field-based research, creative work, community-engaged learning or internships allow students to gain real-world experience, build close relationships with professors and small groups of students, and acquire skills that will make them stand apart from their peers after Brandeis.
The following JBS programs will be offered:
• American Democracy: Version 2.0, professor Dan Kryder
• Architectural Design Study, professor Chris Abrams
• Brand Marketing and Communications, professor Grace Zimmerman
• Breaking Boundaries: Immigration and Education, professors Kristen Lucken and Mitra Shavarini
• Civil Rights and Educational Equity in the U.S., professor David Cunningham
• Exploring the Past, Impacting the Future: Archeological Field School, professors Donald Slater and Javier Urcid
• Food, Lifestyle and Health, professors Elaine Lai and Lindsay Rosenfeld
• Health, Law and Justice, professors Sarah Curi and Alice Noble
• Real Estate Development and Investment, professor Ed Chazen
• Voice, Web and Mobile Applications, professors Tim Hickey and Marie Meteer
To learn more about the upcoming programs, please visit JBS on the web.
But “HackPolitik” is. The original full-length electroacoustic chamber ballet, written by adjunct music lecturer Peter Van Zandt Lane, MA’08, PhD’13, draws on the stories in “We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency,” a book written by Forbes journalist Parmy Olson.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., Van Zandt Lane and Olson will speak about their unique collaboration at a free event, “Investigating the Hacktivists of Anonymous,” at Brandeis’ Zinner Forum in Heller’s Irving Schneider and Family Building. The talk is co-presented by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Department of Music.
Among other topics, Olson will elaborate on the challenges of investigating the secret activities of the hackers known as Anonymous, notorious in some circles and acclaimed in others for their cyberattacks against the websites of major businesses and government operations, including Fox Television, PayPal, the Church of Scientology, the CIA and the governments of Bahrain and Egypt.
Van Zandt Lane was quick to see Olson’s book — which The New York Times called “lively” and “startling” — as a perfect opportunity to use music to stretch journalism’s boundaries.
With art director Lidiya Yankovskaya of the Boston-based Juventas New Music Ensemble and choreographer Kate Ladenheim of the New York dance group the People Movers, Van Zandt Lane adapted the stories of a variety of characters involved with Anonymous, many of whom were portrayed in Olson’s book.
“We didn’t want to simply regurgitate Olson’s journalism,” he says. “We wanted to expand on her work, interpret it through story, which is what traditional ballet is about, and make room for emotional expression.”
Excerpts from the ballet, which premieres Nov. 15-16 at the Boston University Dance Theater, will be shown at the Brandeis event. Books and CDs will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
“Our goal is to make the Heller School, with its rich programmatic offerings, its history of contributions to the fields of policy and management, its broad geographic, class, racial, religious and ethnic representation, a model of global and domestic diversity and equity,” Lynch explained.
President Frederick M. Lawrence, professors Anita Hill and Ted Johnson, and Heller PhD candidates Callie Watkins Liu and Phomdaen Souvanna, shared their insights on diversity, and barriers to inclusiveness. Michelle Scichilone, assistant vice president of human resources, described Brandeis’ efforts to make its policies more equitable for employees with same-sex partners.
President Lawrence, who discussed several Supreme Court cases involving diversity — same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action — said Brandeis made a commitment to enhancing equity and access to admissions in 1968.
In the aftermath of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Brandeis established the Transitional Year Program (now called the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program) to encourage academically promising students from diverse backgrounds to apply to Brandeis, and to provide them with institutional support to help them be successful. “Does Brandeis have an obligation to help people succeed once they are here?” Lawrence asked. “We do. It may not be a legal obligation, but it is a moral obligation.”
Hill said while legal action has been important in making diversity a reality, it isn’t sufficient. “We have to support our ideas of inclusion and diversity, and it is not just about our social justice mission. It is about completing our mission to be an academically excellent institution.”
Johnson explained that awareness, accessibility and attention are key to promoting diversity of thought and experiences. A key element to support diversity of thought and voice in the classroom is raising awareness about the impact of microaggressions — brief verbal or behavioral interactions that convey hostility, said Watkins Liu and Souvanna. Microaggressions may be viewed as trivial by some, so they often go unchecked, but they can be a constant for marginalized individuals, and may result in adverse self-esteem, physical and emotional issues.
Lynch outlined five objectives for the school to help Heller meet its commitment to achieving diversity and equity:
- The Heller School will ensure that diversity and inclusion are embedded in the classroom experiences through civil dialogue, and that cultural competency and awareness of history are basic to each student’s learning.
- Heller will increase faculty capacity to educate students about diversity and develop inclusive learning environments.
- Heller programs will equip students with diversity-related expertise as appropriate to each degree.
- Heller will develop innovative co-curricular, internship and research experiences to promote students’ ability to work and live in diverse communities.
- Heller will develop and support nationally recognized research and scholarship on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other dimensions of diversity.
The event will begin with a cocktail reception for members of the Alumni Club of Greater Boston and other guests in the biotech, health and science industries to network with one another.
Following the reception, Steve Usdin, senior editor at BioCentury, will moderate an alumni panel discussion about technology’s role in advancing health outcomes. Panelists include Willis Chandler ’97, executive vice president of Shields Pharmacy; Kimberly Lindfield ’96, director of biometrics at Cubist Pharmaceuticals; and Jon Waldstreicher ’05, principal at Apple Tree Partners.
The Hiatt Career Center strives to create innovative recruiting opportunities and affinity programming to best serve the Brandeis community. Thanks to a partnership between Hiatt and the Brandeis Alumni Association and Media and Technology Services, the panel portion of the event will be broadcast live online for the first time, enabling non-local Brandeis alumni, students studying abroad, and the greater Brandeis community to interact with the panel via a live video feed and conversation on Twitter using hashtag #DeisForum.
Following the panel discussion, students will engage in networking sessions hosted by alumni and industry volunteers to explore and gather information on different organizations. Brandeis graduates will facilitate more than half of the 37 networking tables, giving students an opportunity to build relationships with alumni in their chosen industries.
“The Hiatt Career Center has transitioned from the traditional, career-fair model where students walk up to an employer, introduce themselves and hand over a resume,” says Alexandra Anweiler Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement at the Hiatt Career Center. “These networking nights are industry-specific and provide students with time for meaningful small-group conversations with experts in the field.”
Students are encouraged to register for the forum prep workshop on Nov. 7 to learn about how to maximize both in-person time and follow-up.
For more information and to register, please visit the Biotech, Health and Science Forum webpage.
This week students, staff and faculty celebrated the launch of the Take Charge project that has brought three dual-charging electric-vehicle (EV) stations to campus, more than doubling the number of charging stations in Waltham.
The new ChargePoint Level 2 (240 V) dual EV charging stations are located in the admissions, athletics and Tower lots.
Proposed last year by Vivian Zeng ’13 as part of the "Greening the Ivory Tower" class, the Take Charge project is funded by the Brandeis Sustainability Fund and federal Department of Energy grants.
“The Take Charge project shows a real desire to move away from fossil-fuel reliance and carbon emissions, by promoting the use of hybrid and electric vehicles on campus,” says Zeng.
With the support of professor Laura Goldin, Zeng created the Take Charge project to bring EV charging stations to campus for the benefit of the entire Brandeis community. Zeng hopes the charging stations will encourage Brandeis to build an electric vehicle fleet and keep pace with schools like MIT and Yale that already have EV charging stations in place.
“I encourage everyone to ‘take charge’ and be an active part of the sustainability evolution,” says Zeng.
For more information, visit the campus sustainability initiative website.
Frances Taylor Eizenstat ’65 had a life-changing experience as an undergraduate at Brandeis when she spent a semester abroad in Israel. Now, her husband, former ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, has made a $250,000 gift to establish an undergraduate travel grant to Israel in her name. Read the story here.
A year ago, a group of Brandeis students and Jewish leaders came together to devise a way of joining people across all denominations in conversations about the future of American Judaism.
The result is the Now Project, a student-organized conference and series of programs that aim to foster connections among Jews both on and off campus. Students, staff, alumni and community leaders are invited to the kick-off event, a conference that will take place on campus Sunday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
“Brandeis University is a microcosm of the greater American Jewish community,” the Now Project organizers write on their website; “therefore, it is our responsibility to create the Jewish tomorrow we would like to see."
Rabbi Elyse Winick ’86, the Jewish chaplain at Brandeis, says of the students behind the project, “Their belief that our campus community — and the world beyond — would be enriched by the breaking down of barriers and the opening of communication is passionately held and well justified. Their countercultural choice to look for what unites us rather than what divides us helps place Brandeis in the forefront of a critical communal concern.”
Read more about the Now Project on its Facebook page.