Past Programming Highlights

2021 Highlights

Workshop: Migration of Caste

April 8, 2021

This event explored 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. Facilitated by Jaspreet Mahal of the Student Accessibility Support Office and the Boston Study Group, a nonprofit organization working within the anti-caste movement.

Keynote Event with Jose Antonio Vargas

April 9, 2021

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. Jose's keynote address, "Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," discussed 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.”

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.