Brenda Meehan Social Justice-In-Action Grant
Application Deadline: Feb. 9, 2018
The Brenda Meehan Social Justice-in-Action grants are designed to provide support for student-organized events that bring together academic and activist perspectives on important current public policy issues, such as healthcare, immigration, harassment, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
Grants will provide up to $1,500 to support for events planned.
The selection committee will consider any and all proposal ideas, but will favor those that:
- incorporate both academic and activist social justice perspectives in meaningful ways
- involve our campus as part of the event and be free to all members of the Brandeis community
- include significant participation by Brandeis students, faculty, and/or staff, and/or by one or more invited off-campus guests
- value collaboration between student organizations, and/or between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff
- inform and/or link to ongoing initiatives that enable the proposed event to contribute to an enduring social justice impact on campus or in broader communities.
How to Apply
Please submit the following via email to SJSP Chair Melissa Stimell, by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2018:
- your name(s) and contact information, along with the names of any co-sponsoring clubs or organizations
- a one-paragraph summary of the proposed event(s)
- a brief (no more than 100 words) statement providing background on the relevant experience of any proposed off-campus speaker
- an itemized budget estimate, including any funding from other sources
- a statement that clarifies, in 500 words or less, the organization and anticipated impact of the event(s), the full set of anticipated participants, and whether or not off-campus participants have already committed to participate. The selection committee understands that it is sometimes difficult to obtain commitments prior to receiving funding, so it is not required that you be entirely certain about the line-up of participating guests. However, your statement should list at least one alternative option for any off-campus participant who has not yet provided a firm advance commitment.
All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
Amanda's project, "Sanaa Studio", will showcase the artwork of up and coming Black artists at Brandeis. The project hopes to engage the entire Brandeis community and provide space for grievance and healing through art.
Marcelo and Bruna want to bring the White Ribbon Project to Brandeis and engage men on campus in conversations about harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women. This project will engage campus clubs such as B.Men, Men of Color Alliance, Voicemale, club soccer team and more.
Justice Jam is a two-part event series in which students from "ED 170a: Critical Perspectives in Urban Education" will share the importance of protecting public education with the larger Brandeis and Waltham community.
Jonathan and Victoria's project, "Brandeis Citizenship Day," is an event connecting the Brandeis community with the vast number of immigration resources provided by Brandeis clubs and organizations in the greater Boston area. The event will feature a panel with the ACLU,Project Citizenship, ISSO, and the Newcomer Academy.
Shikha and Sara's project is a 3-hour long lecture series focusing on healthcare issues in light of the new presidential administration. The talks will encompass technology, advocacy and social justice, and health and social policy. It will feature speakers from Brandeis and Heller School of Social Policy.