Current Projects

These grants have been awarded to student and/or faculty/staff-initiated projects that address issues of identity, pluralism and unity.

APAHM 2019 Film Festival: Dream Come True
Recipient: Jennifer Taufan
Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
The APAHM Film Festival is designed to give on-campus and off-campus filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work and tell a story that may have otherwise been left unsaid. We are hoping to bridge the gap between Asian Americans and those of other cultures through the sharing of these films about love, family, and culture -- themes that everyone can relate to. This event also serves as a charity fundraiser. Donations to the National Immigration Forum to help immigrants and fund work advocating for a permanent legislation solution for Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be accepted.

AYALA: Matahari (ft. D-trix)
Recipients: Allison Tien and Jennifer Taufan
Date: March 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
Join us for our annual cultural show with a FREE catered dinner from Vincent’s Bistro. Our theme this year, MATAHARI, which means "Sun" in Indonesian, shows how we look forward to a brighter tomorrow with the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia and a night of lively performances, ending with our special guest, D-trix! We are fundraising for the Burma Task Force, a coalition dedicated to advocating for the Rohingya and ending the genocide in Burma. Also, raffling off two prizes and a chance to pie a member of our e-board or D-trix! To donate or learn more, please visit

BINCA Book Project Celebration
Recipients: Gabriel Fontes and Aicha Tavares
Date: Aprill 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: SCC MPR
The BINCA Book Project is a collaboration between the Brandeis community and students at Boston International Newcomer's Academy (BINCA) to build a multicultural and multilingual library. We will celebrate the accomplishments of these young scholars, and the various members of the Brandeis community that have made the library possible. The celebration will feature student artwork, photography, writing, music and hearty appetizers from local Cape Verdean, Dominican and Vietnamese establishments.

Brandeis Sodexo Experience: An Ethnographic Film
Recipients: Candice Jiang
Date: May 3, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Schwartz 103
Candice’s year-long project/short film about Brandeis Sodexo employees’ working experiences and struggles will be screened during the Anthropology Department's Senior Research Day (10am-12pm), followed by a brief Q&A. Please come and learn a bit about a different perspective of the dining service here on campus!

Film Festival CAST 170a: Documenting the Immigrant Experience
Recipients: Sarah Terrazano and Jenny Alexander
Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mandel G03
This film festival will feature films made in the class CAST 170a: Documenting the Immigrant Experience. This semester, students worked in groups to create a short documentary film based on the experiences of someone in the Muslim immigrant community.

Formosa 2019 "Love Formosa"
Recipients: Jiaao Gong
Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
We invite Brandeis students to enjoy a Taiwan cultural show. "Love, Formosa" will showcase both traditional Taiwan art, such as our Dragon dance and a YOYO performance by CFAW, a traditional performance group from Boston, and other contemporary performances and presentations that reflect on how Taiwanese Americans fit into the society today.

LatinXtreme at Toxic Annual Showcase
Recipients: Viviana Santana-Perez
Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: SCC Theater
The Brandeis Latinx Student Organization's dance group, LatinXtreme, will be performing in Toxic's Annual showcase. LatinXtreme aims to represent the Latinx community at Brandeis by performing traditional-inspired dances and wear attire that is representative of modern Latinx culture. Our presence at Toxic's Showcase aims to provide a space for collaboration for different cultures and forms of dance to be seen in unity.

Learn about ELLi! 
Recipients: Julia Kenneally
Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: SCC Atrium
Come stop by the SCC to learn about the English Language Learning Initiative (ELLi), and to get some free donuts, coffee, and juice! Interested in volunteering on campus and getting to know some of the Sodexo staff? Like to tutor and spread your knowledge? ELLi offers the opportunity for all of this! Stop by our table to chat with us about getting involved in our service club next semester, and enjoy some snacks at the same time!

Let’s Dance! An International Evening of Dance
Recipients: Gabriela Giordano and Irina Dubinina
Date: March 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
All members of the Brandeis community (students, faculty and staff) are invited for an evening of dancing and fun featuring performances by various campus dance groups, brief dance lessons, international dance music and various languages studied and spoken at Brandeis. Formal attire, costumes or national dress are encouraged, but not required. Dancers of all levels and non-dancers are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate and celebrate our diversity and learn something new!

Sankofa African Dance Team: Remembering Your Roots
Recipients: Vennesa Duodu and Ruth Adade
Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom
Culture X is a major Brandeis production that seeks to celebrate the diversity that exists within the Brandeis community. With this year's theme "From Roots to Leaves - Grounded in Our Histories", Sankofa African Dance team will celebrate Culture X's 20th anniversary and highlight various dance moves, both past and present, from the African Diaspora. 

Peace, Love, and Soul Train
Recipients: Brandy Caldwell
Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: SCC Theater
The show’s theme pays homage to "America's Favorite Dance Show", Soul Train, that aired in 1971 and ran for over 30 years showcasing icons such as the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Destiny's Child and hundreds more! Groups from campus and beyond will enchant audience members with selections that capture and express the soul and essence of their team. Toxic invites you to come enjoy the hippest trip in Waltham!