Programming Highlights

2021 Highlights

This event will explore Deis Impact's theme of Im/Migration as it relates to the migration of caste and its effect on the South-Asian diaspora in the United States. U.S. employers and universities are slowly beginning to understand the impact of Caste discrimination, and Brandeis University was one of the first schools in the nation to include caste in our non-discrimination and harassment policy. In this workshop we will discuss the harms that caste can induce on our campus, and explore the ways in which we can provide a safe environment to students who belong to communities marginalized due to caste.

Facilitated by Jaspreet Mahal of the Student Accessibility Support Office and the Boston Study Group, a nonprofit organization working within the anti-caste movement. This workshop will include a short media viewing and facilitated small group discussion. Register here.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, Jose founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including “Best Play.”

Jose's keynote address, "Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," will discuss his groundbreaking new book and what Jose describes as, "homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in.” Register here. 

Hosted by the Heller School's Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, the Neurodiversity Challenge highlights the need in our campus community and beyond for true inclusion and acceptance of neurodivergent people. “Neurodiversity” is a term used to refer to neurological disabilities such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other divergence in mental functioning and processing. Individuals who are neurodivergent are increasingly attending college but face misunderstanding, prejudice, and exclusion. Our campus community includes many neurodivergent people, whether students, staff, or faculty. Each day of the Neurodiversity Challenge will give you the chance to look at some of the issues faced by members of this community. These include issues of intersectionality such as neurodiversity and race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The Challenge encourages us to think about and act on the goals of recognizing and respecting neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent people. Register here

Please join us Monday April 12th from 6:30 pm est to 8 pm est to hear from Brandeis professors, Dr. Jessica Santos, Dr. Susan Eaton, professor and Director of Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) Dr. Alexandra Pineros-Shields, and the Director of Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice (SCIJ) Jonathan Goldman, on a panel to talk about the history of immigration policy in the U.S., the latest immgiration bills set to reform the system and learn about what Brandeis, community partners are doing and how you can help. Register here.

This panel is the first of a series that are set to continue on to next fall on the topic of immigration and advocacy. This panel is co-sponsored by the Department of Community Service and Hillel, in partnership with numerous undergraduate and graduate students across Brandeis University and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.


2019 Highlights

Keynote Event Featuring Angela Davis ’65

Deis Impact joined forces with the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS) as part of their 50th anniversary commemoration to host Angela Davis ’65 and Julieanna Richardson ’76, H’16 as keynote speakers.

Davis discussed her experiences at Brandeis and the ways she engaged with and cultivated her scholarship and activism at Brandeis and beyond. It was standing-room only in Levin Ballroom with a video-feed to a projector/screen in the Shapiro Campus Center. The event was also live streamed.

Justice for All: The Ongoing Fight for Reform of the Justice System and Prisoner Rights

This event included four Brandeis alumni from various generations speaking about their work and experiences in fighting for justice reform and prisoner rights.

From Protest to Politics: The Ferguson Uprising; Challenging Longstanding Injustices

Pastor Cori Bush from Ferguson, Missouri, joined us to share about her experiences.

The Talk Back Session: Inclusion in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)

A roundtable discussion of Brandeis faculty, students and alumni.

Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life Featuring Su'Ad Khabeer

Su’ad Khabeer, a performance artist, performed her one-woman show.

Angela Y. Davis '65 in conversation with Julieanna L. Richardson '76, HD'16

Davis captured the attention of the standing-room-only audience with memories of her experiences at Brandeis and the ways she engaged with and cultivated her scholarship and activism at Brandeis and beyond.

Boycott Wendy's: Why and How

Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers spoke about the current boycott on Wendy’s restaurant.

Power, Privilege and Climate Justice

Mariama White-Hammond, a Boston-based faith leader, spoke forcefully about environmental racism, oppression and privilege.

10 Years of Brandeis in The Hague: Alumni Panel Exploring Social Justice from an International Legal Perspective

Brandeis alumni from different stages in their academic and professional careers reflected upon how oppressed people can or cannot rely on the system of the international criminal courts. These reflections were taken from their experiences as participants in the Brandeis in the Hague program.

Sex, Violence and Media Literacy

This workshop introduced critical consumption theories around race, gender and other social identities in the context of the media we consciously and unconsciously consume.