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Haley Orlofsky


My name is Haley Orlofsky and I am a senior majoring in Politics with a double minor in Social Justice Social Policy (SJSP) and Legal Studies (LGLS). The SJSP program is unique because it enables students to understand social justice issues in a real world context, either through internships or experiential learning courses. Not only does this help students gain valuable first hand experience, but also inspires them to stay connected to a certain cause or movement.

Personally, the courses I’ve taken thus far have guided my interests in environmental action, education policy, health policy, immigration reform and more! I am currently an E-board member of Students for Environmental Action, a member of the Student Union Senate, and have previous experience as a Waltham Group Volunteer. SJSP has also directed me towards various related internships in New York, Washington DC, and during my semester abroad in London. Overall, the Social Justice Social Policy program truly plays an integral role in helping students to transform a passion for justice into a career beyond college life.

As a UDR, I am excited to collaborate with both students and faculty who are interested in SJSP! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions about the program, classes, or ideas for events! Contact me at haleyo14@brandeis.edu

Sneha Walia sneha

My name is Sneha Walia and I’m a junior here at Brandeis, originally from Shrewsbury, MA. I’m majoring in Politics and Psychology and minoring in Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) and Education Studies. I decided to become an SJSP minor my first year at Brandeis after I happened to take the core course for the minor and really enjoyed it. The SJSP program is unique because it allows minors to look at social justice through multiple lenses. It teaches us about social justice from a historical and conceptual level, but also empowers us to enact social justice outside of the classroom through practicums and internships.

Participating in the SJSP program has definitely fed my interest in social justice in other classes and outside of the classroom! For example, a course I took as an elective for the minor last year in education really helped me find my passion for education studies and brought me to my second minor. On campus, I try to bring social justice into my activities. I currently serve as the Secretary of the Student Union, am on the Steering Committee for the DeisImpact Festival of Social Justice, TA for the PAX course Deconstructing War and Building Peace, and participate in Waltham Group. This is my first semester as an SJSP UDR, and I am excited to meet all of the minors and prospective minors!

Please feel free to email me at swalia@brandeis.edu if you have any questions or ideas! I can’t wait to hear from you!!