Programming Highlights

2022 Highlights

Cultivating Sites of Belonging: Telling Stories through Movement

March 30, 2022

6:30-8 p.m.
Skyline Commons

Join the Student Union as we explore how classical Indian Dance connects movement of the body as a form of self-expression. For this session, we will be joined by Neena Gulati, a master of Indian classical dance, specifically the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam. She gives lecture-demonstrations, explaining and demonstrating her art form to varied audiences. She has received high critical acclaim for her professional performances throughout India and the United States. The Boston Globe described her as a "pioneer in bringing classical Indian dance in all its nuance to New England."

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Please Note: Dinner will be provided so early registration is strongly encouraged.

A Fish Bowl Conversation With Transgender NCAA Athletes (Athlete Ally x Brandeis Athletics)

March 31, 2022

7-8 p.m.
Napoli Trophy Room in Gosman Sports and Convocation Center
Virtual & In-Person

Join Athlete Ally and Brandeis Athletics for a Fish Bowl style panel with transgender athletes from across NCAA sports and divisions. This is an opportunity to learn first-hand about the transgender athlete experience and the importance of trans inclusion in athletics. This event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. Panelists to be announced soon! Through the generosity of EngageDEIS and the Gender and Sexuality Center, on campus attendees can join us in the Napoli Room in Gosman for dinner and an opportunity to watch the panel discussion together.

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LGBTQ+ Jewish History

April 1, 2022

Noon-1 p.m.
GSC Lounge in Usdan
In-Person with Complimentary Lunch

Join Keshet for a workshop that will use an interactive timeline activity to explore key moments in LGBTQ+ Jewish history in the United States. Participants will explore the implications of this history for our work on LGBTQ equality and belonging in Jewish life today. This workshop assumes some basic familiarity with LGBTQ+ identities and will not provide an introduction to gender identity and sexual orientation. Participants may familiarize themselves with these terms and concepts through Keshet’s LGBTQ Terminology sheet. Facilitated by Eli Sobel (they/them) Associate Trainer at Keshet and Program Administrator at GSC Brandeis. All are welcome.

Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Center and Keshet. Deis Impact is made possible by the generous support of the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice. Learn more about the Legacy Fund.

The Roots of Belonging: Book Talk by Dr. Janice Johnson Dias ‘94

April 1, 2022

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Intercultural Center Swig Lounge

Join the Intercultural Center and Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, bestselling author of Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful Change-making Girls. Dr. Johnson Dias is a renowned sociologist who has devoted her life to inspiring girls to become change makers—whether through her investment in her daughter Marley Dias’s humanitarian projects, or through her work with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s “SuperCamp,” which she co-founded ten years ago, she has trained hundreds of children in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson Dias’ collaborative work on black girls' mental, sexual, and physical health issues earned her a special Congressional recognition and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations.

For this book talk, Dr. Johnson Dias will explore the roots of belonging by analyzing her social science research and her own hard-earned experiences to demonstrate the interconnection between poverty and health and its impact on women and girls.

RSVP: The Roots of Belonging

The first 50 people to RSVP will receive a free copy of Dr. Johnson’s Dias’ latest book, Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful Change-making Girls.

Please Note: Lunch will be provided so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Out of the Closet and into the State House: Gender Justice Public Policy in Massachusetts

April 1, 2022

2-3 p.m.
Zinner Forum at Heller
In-Person with Complimentary Lunch

A conversation between GLAD’s Community Engagement Manager, Qwin Mbabazi and Mass NOW Executive Director SashaGoodfriend. Learn about the history and current efforts centering women and transgender people in public policy in the Commonwealth, including the fight to pass the I AM Bill to Increase Access to Menstrual Products in all schools, shelters and incarcerated facilities and end period poverty statewide. Facilitated by Anastasia Owen, (she/her/hers), Candidate for Master of Public Policy '22 at the Heller School. All are welcome.

Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Center, GLGBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), MassNOW, Heller’s Queer Graduate Student Union, Brandeis’ LGBTQ+ Professional Association, and the Heller Gender Working Group.

Deis Impact is made possible by the generous support of the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice. Learn more about the Legacy Fund.