Cameron smiles while talking to someone

Cameron S. ’26


“The Brandeis community is built upon people. We build on each other’s strengths.”

As a senior in high school, the Texas native started advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights, and the removal of censorship in school systems.

As a sophomore at Brandeis, they continue to advocate for improving book banning and censorship policies in Texas, recently testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Thousands of miles from Texas, they’ve found a major support system in the Brandeis community.

“Brandeis was right for me because it is rooted in social justice and inclusion,” they said. “As Brandeisians, we aren’t changing the story or pushing the boundaries to make it seem like we are someone we are not. We’re developing the skills to be the best of ourselves and the best we can provide to the world.”

Cameron shared their experiences in advocacy and gratitude for the Brandeis community.

How would you describe your experience testifying before the Senate?

I am humbled to have had a seat at the table in our nation’s policymaking, and my journey to this platform certainly was not easy. Growing up as an introverted child with disabilities, facing bullying, and being socially unable to stand up for myself, I never could have imagined the confident leader I am today. I never could have imagined that I would be invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on an issue so personal to me.

Why is it important that students’ voices are heard?

Students are the primary stakeholders of our education, so we deserve to be the decision makers of our everyday experiences. In K-12 education, students should be collaborating with families and educators to determine solutions that best support the student. Our voices are powerful, especially coming from my home state of Texas with 8 million people under the age of 20. We are a powerful generation, and it’s time we reclaim the narrative about issues that directly affect our futures as young people.

Why does Brandeis fit you?

I’ve found such an affirming community that aligns with my passion for higher learning and critical thinking. I don’t think I got as much of that experience in grades K through 12 as I would’ve hoped. It’s a piece I never had.

Community is what makes us unique and stronger together. The Brandeis community is built upon people. We build on each other’s strengths.

What advice would you give a Brandeisian who wants to make a difference in the world?

It all starts with a passion and initiative. By joining forces with others, people are able to build upon their strengths, fill in their weaknesses, and access pathways to building an organized network. That’s how we make our voices heard.