Brandeis Voting and Election Events

Check back here often for updates and additions to our events.

November

Free Shuttle to Local Polling Station!

November 3, 2020

Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Brandeis Student Union is offering a free shuttle to Brandeis's local polling station. It will be leaving every 30 minutes from the Admissions bus stop!

Available to all Brandeis students, faculty, and staff, we want everyone in our community to get to the polls and vote! Don't forget your mask and a valid form of ID just in case! Please note that your passport must be green or yellow to use the shuttle.

Drop off location will be Nathaniel at Banks SQ Condominiums polling station. Free to all Brandeis students, faculty, and staff! Let us know when you are planning on using this resources by filling out the Google form.

Election Night Mindful Moment

November 3, 2020

Time: 8-8:15 p.m.
Zoom

Take a mindful moment on election night with HAWP to do 15 minutes of breathing and centering while we wait for the election results to come in.

Election Night Watch Parties

November 3, 2020

Time: 7-11 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Theater and Zoom

Come to this space to have some conversation with all members of our community and reflect on the results as they come in. Hosted by Dean Jamele Adams and Jessica Basile and Steve Weglinski from Graduate Student Affairs.

Election Night Watch Parties

November 3, 2020

Time: 8-11 p.m.
Location(s): There will be a virtual option, as well more info to come for each area's link.

Each residential area will have group viewing available for up to 25 persons at one time. The following Locations will be open for viewing: Shapiro Lounge, Polaris Lounge, Ridgewood Commons, Skyline Commons, and Charles River Commons.

Waltham Virtual Community Gathering

November 3, 2020

Time: 8-10 p.m.

Lets connect - get to know some of your neighbors! We will have trivia w/ prizes, breakout rooms with guided meditation/stretching, more TBD.

Facebook Event

"Positive Youth Development in Times of Crisis" for Staff

November 4, 2020

Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Zoom (Email gsc@brandeis.edu to receive the Zoom link.)

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and post-election resources requires educators to provide effective and intentional student-focused support. Akané Kousaka, LICSW, will review key elements of the Positive Youth Development framework and share approaches on supporting students in times of crisis. Participants will understand identity as a strength, not a risk factor, and adapt student-centered approaches to our current moment.

Debrief Circles

November 4, 2020

These spaces will be held for community to come and discuss their feelings and reflections about the Presidential election. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Spaces will be staffed by staff including Brandeis counseling team members.  

  • Noon
    • Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Alex Rossett, Dean of Students/Student Rights and Community Standards and Rachael MacKnight, Brandeis Counseling Center
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Rev. Matt Carriker, Center for Spiritual Life and Jessica Basile, Graduate Student Services Register
  • 5 p.m.
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Lara Ericson, Center for Spiritual Life and Raymond Ou, Student Affairs  
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Leah Berkenwald, Health and Wellness Promotions and Vino Murugesan, English Language Programs  Register
  • 6 p.m.
    • For Women of Color: Virtually facilitated by Monique Gnanaratnam, Dean of Students and Sucheta Tehkkedam, Brandeis Counseling Center Register
    • For Men of Color: Virtually facilitated by Jamele Adams, Dean of Students and Dr. Martin Pierre, Brandeis Counseling Center Register
  • 7 p.m. 
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Ari Massefski, Study Abroad and Raymond Ou, Student Affairs
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Maria Madison, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Don Greenstein, University Ombuds and Joy von Steiger, Brandeis Counseling Center Register
Special Open Mic

November 4, 2020

Time: 8 p.m.

Debrief Circles

November 5, 2020

10 a.m.

These spaces will be held for community to come and discuss their feelings and reflections about the Presidential election. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Spaces will be staffed by staff including Brandeis counseling team members.

Virtual: Facilitated by Jessica Basile, Graduate Student Services and Vino Murugesan, English Language Program Register

Debrief Circles

November 6, 2020

These spaces will be held for community to come and discuss their feelings and reflections about the Presidential election. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Spaces will be staffed by staff including Brandeis counseling team members.

  • 10 a.m.
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Vino Murugesan, English Language Programs and Rachael Elliot, International Students and Scholars Office Register
  • Noon
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Jamele Adams, Dean of Students and Jodi Hanelt, International Students and Scholars Office
    • Skyline Common Room: For BIPOC and LGBTQIA community: Facilitated by Lauren Haynie, Athletics and Tim Touchette, Community Living
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Jessica Basile, Graduate Student Services, Lucas Malo, Community Service, and Rachel Benjamin, International Students and Scholars Register
  • 5 p.m.
    • Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Andrea Dine, Student Affairs and Raymond Ou, Student Affairs
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Ashley Trebisacci, Study Abroad and Michael Matt, Athletics Register
  • 7 p.m.
    • Chumley's Coffeehouse: Facilitated by Stephanie Grimes, Dean of Students and Charlie McBurney
    • Virtual: Register
Careers in Government, Public Policy, and Social Causes

November 6, 2020

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Turn your post-election energy into action — find opportunities in government, public policy, and for social causes. With over 32% of Brandeis graduates entering fields of service including government, nonprofit and public health, Brandeis has a deep alumni network and resources to get you started! Join us to talk about how to start researching and finding internships and jobs.

GSC First Fridays: Netflix Party!

November 6, 2020

Time: 6-8 p.m.

A space to relax and build community via a film screening hosted by GSC student workers. More info on Instagram @brandeis_gsc.

Debrief Circles

November 10, 2020

  • 10 a.m.
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Anna Shur-Wilson, International Business School and PeiNing Lo-Bromberg, Brandeis Counseling Center Register
  • Noon
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Ari Massefski, Office of Study Abroad
    • Skyline Common Room: Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam, Dean of Students Office, Dr. Colleen Collins, Brandeis Health Center and Stefan Jadaszewki, Brandeis Counseling Center
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Mai Dewees, Graduate Student Services, Katie Dunn, Academic Services, and Alisha Cardwell, Study Abroad Register
  • 5 p.m.
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Raymond Ou, Student Affairs and Lusi Wang, Community Living
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Dennis Hicks, Student Activities and Don Greenstein, Ombuds Register
  • 7 p.m. 
    • SCC Multipurpose Room: Facilitated by Stephanie Grimes, Dean of Students and Amy Scobie Carroll, Brandeis Counseling Center
    • Virtual: Facilitated by Leah Berkenwald, Health and Wellness Promotion and Dvora Pemstein, Student Affairs Register
It's Reigning Men: Toxic Masculinity and Hypermachoism of American Presidents

November 12, 2020

Time: 8-9:30 p.m.

Join PARC for a screening of the documentary "The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump" on Zoom. Throughout the screening, we will discuss how White male identity politics and a culture of toxic masculinity reinforce oppression and privilege, leading to high rates of violence, discrimination, and harassment in politics and beyond.

Building Community, Sharing Meals: Across the Virtual Divide (a People's Supper)

November 13, 2020

Time: Noon
Zoom

September

National Voter Registration Day

September 22, 2020

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day! With less than 5 weeks until Election Day, it is time to make sure your voice will be heard!

Join us outside the Shapiro Campus Center from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to register, request an absentee ballot, make a voting plan, and have all of your questions answered!

If you are worried about making sure your vote is counted this November, we can give you the forms, stamps, and confidence to make it happen!

First Presidential Debate Watch Party

September 29, 2020

Come join VoteDeis and your fellow Brandeis students as we watch the first 2020 Presidential Debate on Tuesday, September 29 at 9 p.m. We will be safely gathered in the big tent on the Great Lawn, as well as in the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Theater. If you can't be with us in person, tune in to our virtual option, so we can still experience the debate together.

October

Notarizing Ballots Day @ the Library

October 6, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Stop by the Library to get your ballot notarized

What do you need to know about Notarizing Ballots?

  • Aimee Slater = Notarizer. She will not charge for this service, and is happy to notarize other paperwork as well.
  • Please email Aimee Slater (aslater@brandeis.edu)to let her know you are interested in getting your absentee ballot notarized.
  • Bring the Following Items with you on Tuesday:
    • A Photo ID with a signature (driver's license, state ID, passport etc.)
    • The unsigned documents
  • States that require notarizing vote by mail ballots:
    • Alaska, Alabama, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota
  • For More Information on why notarizing ballots is important, please go to National Notary Bulletin
Chalk the Vote 2020

October 14, 2020

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Fellows Garden

Make your mark and contribute to a collaborative sidewalk mural that reminds Brandeis to get out the vote. Sponsored by Arts Engagement in alignment with the VoteDeis Initiative.

Selma 1965 and November 2020: The Right and the Mitzvah to Vote with Rabbi Saul Berman

October 20, 2020

Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for an evening of learning about the value of voting with Rabbi Saul Berman. Rabbi Berman will share wisdom from a lifetime as a Civil Rights activist, supporter of Soviet Jewry, and as an educator.

Stein Night: Pre-debate Gathering

October 22, 2020

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Zoom

Weekly virtual Stein Night, hosted by the GSA

Third and Final Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 22, 2020

Time: 9-11 p.m.

Come join VoteDeis and your fellow Brandeis students as we watch the third and final 2020 Presidential Debate on Thursday, October 22 at 9 p.m. We will be safely gathered in Schwartz 101, as well as in the SCC Theater. If you can't be with us in person, tune in to our virtual option, so we can still experience the debate together. 

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The Supreme Court and the Future of Equality: A Conversation with Anita Hill

October 26, 2020

Time: Noon-1 p.m.

Student-led conversation with Professor Anita Hill moderated by Professor Jill Greenlee. The conversation will focus on the future of equality and the US Supreme Court in the wake of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Court.

Register

Elections 2020 Conversations with the Dean of the Heller School: The Act of Democracy

October 27, 2020

Time: 5-6 p.m.

A discussion of democratic participation, civic engagement, and voting access in advance of Election Day.

REGISTER

President Ron Liebowitz and Tom Friedman ‘75 H’88 in Conversation: “Thinking Ahead to the Presidential Election”

October 29, 2020

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Please join Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz for a conversation and Q&A with Tom Friedman '75, H'88, award-winning author and New York Times columnist.

Register

Notorious RBG: Documentary Watch Party

October 29, 2020

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Zoom

An opportunity to learn about and honor the life of Justice Ginsburg, and to talk about issues facing our country today.

"What Would a Biden Presidency Mean for US-Israel Relations?" with Michael Koplow

October 29, 2020

Time: 7-7:50 p.m.

Join us for a conversation about what a Biden administration could mean for US-Israel relationships, and how that compares to what the Trump administration has done over the last four years. Alumni Michael Kopolow is the Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum and a senior researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

REGISTER

Elections, Rational Choice and the Paradox of Voting

October 30, 2020

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Zoom

Philosophy dept UDRs are holding a "Socrates Cafe" on the seeming irrationality of voting and why people should vote. Contact contact jessicawei@brandeis.edu for link.