Signature Events

Kickoff Event: Community Engagement & Activism Bazaar

Monday, March 23
3-5 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

The Community Engagement and Activism Bazaar is an opportunity for Brandeis clubs and student organizations to share and discuss their experiences engaging with the Deis Impact 2020 theme: Reflections on Im/Migration. Because dialogue and engagement are the overarching goals of the Bazaar, groups will be invited to move freely about the room and share their experiences, thoughts, observations, activism strategies, describe teaching and learning opportunities, recruit new members, and make connections with one another. Apply to host a table at the Community Engagement & Activism Bazaar.

Keynote Address: Jose Antonio Vargas, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Tuesday, March 24
4:30-6 p.m.
Spingold Theater

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is thrilled to announce Jose Antonio Vargas as the Deis Impact 2020 Keynote Speaker. Jose 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.”

Notes of an Undocumented Citizen book is available for purchase in the Brandeis bookstore. 

Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training

Wednesday, March 25
3-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Classrooms

Hosted by The FANG Collective (Fighting Against Natural Gas Convergence) and open to 40 Brandeis community members. This is an introduction to the history of Nonviolent Direct Action and its implementation on college campuses for student-led protest efforts. This training reviews examples of intersectionality within our community/movements, affinity groups and their formation, consensus decision making, campaign strategy, and a discussion on self and community care. Registration will open in early March.

Partner Programs

March 23-25
Brandeis Campus

Available slots:

  • Monday, March 23 – 2-3:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 24 – 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25 – noon-2 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.

Partner programs will provide opportunities for Brandeis University clubs and organizations to host a program that engages the Deis Impact 2020 theme: Reflections on Im/Migration. Proposed programming should reflect the intersections of power, privilege, and oppression within and among these areas. Brandeis clubs and organizations that wish to host an event, but that are not focused on the Deis Impact 2020 theme, must collaborate with a Brandeis University club or organization that is directly focused on the thematic area. Apply to host an Partner Program.