The Division of Student Affairs, under the leadership of the vice president, serves the needs and interests of students and has broad responsibility for the services and activities that enhance the quality of student life outside the classroom.
The Interfaith Chaplaincy is housed in Usdan Student Center 133. The university’s three houses of worship — the Berlin Chapel (Jewish), the Bethlehem Chapel (Catholic) and the Harlan Chapel (Protestant) — serve the Brandeis community under the operation of the Hillel Foundation, the Bethlehem Chapel Community and the Harlan Chapel Christian Community.
A Muslim prayer room and resource center is in the basement of the Usdan Student Center. Both traditional and innovative services are held regularly. The facility also hosts ceremonies such as weddings, christenings and confirmations.
Many clubs and organizations can be found on campus for those seeking information or fellowship. The Hillel Foundation, the Catholic Student Organization, the Brandeis Muslim Student Association and the Christian Fellowship all strive to meet the religious needs of the Brandeis community. For more information about specific services, please contact the Chaplaincy at (781) 736-3570.
The Department of Community Service is dedicated to providing relevant volunteer experiences to students and the Greater Brandeis community according to the needs of the local community and skills and interests of the Brandeis community. The department strives to establish sustainable and reciprocal partnerships with community governmental, educational, cultural and social-service agencies. They advise and support Community Service initiatives with the community partners.
The Golding Health Center, under the operation of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides primary care to Brandeis students. Staffed by registered nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, a drug and alcohol counselor/educator and a nutritionist, the staff is committed to providing quality, personalized care.
The Intercultural Center is dedicated to creating a haven of respect, education and celebration that aims to foster growth and awareness of the myriad cultures at Brandeis University. The center fosters a welcoming community where diverse experiences and perspectives are valued and dedication to the understanding of cultures and ethnicities is essential.
The Intercultural Center is devoted to cultural diversity programming; it offers a range of opportunities for engaging with the Brandeis community. The center is equipped with computers, printers, a conference room, kitchen, lobby and other resources for your use.
The Psychological Counseling Center, located in Mailman House, is staffed by psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors. All visits are kept confidential. Counseling should be viewed as a good opportunity for personal growth, as well as a way to solve problems. Appointments can be made in person or by calling (781) 736-3730. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a staff member is always on call during the academic year. For psychiatric emergency assistance after regular hours, call the main number and follow instructions on the voice message.
Orientation develops, advises, manages and evaluates all elements of the comprehensive New Student Orientation Program for both fall arrivals and the midyear students. The orientation program is designed, coordinated and implemented by an Orientation Core Committee of student leaders who are chosen through a selective process in the fall.
A yearlong first-year program complements and extends the educational mission of the university by focusing on first-year student development, transfer connections and commuter involvement in the Brandeis community. First-year programs provide opportunities for and encourage increased contact between first-year students and their advisers, faculty, staff and the community as a whole. The programs specifically address the core values developed within the Division of Student Life and focus on developing the whole student.
The Department of Community Living is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the personal development and academic success of each student in the residential community through purposeful programs and services that complement the total educational experience at Brandeis University. To fulfill its responsibilities as an institution of higher learning, Brandeis seeks to provide an atmosphere where students can live, learn and mature under circumstances conducive to fostering self-respect, self-direction, social dignity and academic progress. Student-directed programs and services are developed within a holistic framework by a staff of 75 upperclass students. known as community advisers (CAs), as well as live-in professional staff (community development coordinators). The department's goal is to empower and develop leadership and respect for students, who will in turn influence the university community and beyond.
The Department of Student Activities is a major part of students' lives outside the classroom. The department's primary objectives are to provide social and educational events on and off campus; provide developmental opportunities for students to learn real-life skills through participation in planning committees or leadership programs; and work hand-in-hand with Brandeis' 260-plus student clubs and organizations.
The Shapiro Campus Center and Usdan Student Center are the focal points of social life on campus. Administratively driven and student-managed, the Shapiro Center houses more than 20 student organizations and five professional departments; Einstein Bros. Bagels; a 24-hour computer lab; and a state-of-the-art theater. Student Activities also supervises the game room and the student service bureau in the Usdan Student Center, and the student-run coffeehouse, Cholmondeley's, in Usen Castle.
Student Rights and Community Standards works with students to provide educational opportunities for personal growth and values clarification. The department performs educational outreach around the university's core values; deals with inappropriate student behavior in a fair and responsive manner; oversees alcohol and other drug education; and provides interpersonal communication, academic integrity and leadership development.