Past Events

New Student Orientation

A Different World: Navigating the Cross Cultural Experience at Brandeis University

September 6, 2019

Brandeis Intercultural Center

A cross-cultural learning experience for all incoming first year students of color. Please join your new peers for a weekend of exploration, self-reflection, and community. 

For more information, contact Madeleine López, ICC Director, at


Campus Accessibility Working Group

February 27, 2019

Following the Accessibility Town Hall, we are convening a working group to begin to address the comments and suggestions gathered there. From the public comments and from notes taken at the tables, we have gathered over five pages of suggestions about how to improve accessibility at Brandeis. Improvements will need to be made in changing the culture of the University; classroom issues; physical accessibility on campus; the office of Student Accessibility Support; transportation issues; parking issues; residence life; dining; the Brandeis Counseling Center, Health Service, and Co-Curricular activities.

Our proposed agenda is to review the list of problems that were raised, to add any additional concerns, and to begin prioritizing what can be done in each of the areas.

This first meeting will be as follows:

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: TBD

All are welcome to participate. If you would like to participate, please email us so that we can determine which space would be most suitable. If you would like to participate, but cannot attend the first meeting, please note that.

Looking forward,

Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Accessibility Forum

January 22, 2019

In response to important outreach from groups of concerned students, we are pleased to invite you to a forum on accessibility on campus. The forum will take place in Levin Ballroom on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. The goal of the forum is to learn more about and develop possible next steps for improving accessibility for community members with disabilities.

This event will be moderated by Dr. Mark-Brimhall-Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer/ Vice President of Diversity Equity, & Inclusion, and Dr. Kim Godsoe, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Members from administrative, staff, and faculty offices and departments will be in attendance.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) or Real-Time Captioning will be provided at the forum

If you have any questions about the forum, please contact Dr. Mark Brimhall-Vargas, or Dr. Kim Godsoe,

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Opportunities

Intergroup Dialogues: Working for Racial Justice

Faculty, staff, and students have identified racial equity and justice as an important area of focus at Brandeis. The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is offering a professional development opportunity as an essential component of understanding racial justice and enacting racial justice at Brandeis.

The office is offering a four-session professional development series to faculty and staff, “Intergroup Dialogues: Working for Racial Justice” during the month of November and the first week of December.

Participants will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. on November 6, 13, 27 and December 4. Light breakfast will be served during each session. Please note that in order to participate, you must be able to attend each session for the entirety of the series, as the sessions are progressive.

During this interactive educational experience, participants will be offered opportunities to:

  • deepen their understanding of multi-systemic racial justice concepts and definitions;
  • understand the connections between our personal experiences and beliefs and our professional practices;
  • learn and practice using the Brandeis University Multicultural Communication and Conflict Framework (MCCF);
  • dialogue with colleagues in racial affinity and mixed-race groups about interpersonal and institutional racism and racial justice;
  • develop their consciousness about the impact of racism on systems of education; and,
  • build community with another.

You must apply to be considered for this opportunity. The application is now available.

Faculty Discussions on Diversity

Please join these vibrant text-based discussions that are offered in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Please note that faculty and staff are invited to attend these sessions. 

Upcoming events:

September 27, 2018: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Pre-Residency Discussion of Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum's seminal works. Please RSVP

October 3, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Faculty Lunch Seminar with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. Please RSVP.

October 29, 2018: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Topic: Socialization- Please visit the CTL website for pre-reading and location details.

November 14, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Topic: Multisystemic Privilege and Oppression- Please visit the CTL website for pre-reading and location details.

Community Teaching and Learning Opportunities (Open to Faculty, Staff, and Students)

Flyer about indigenous peoples day. This will occur on October 8 from 10am until 8pm. Day of learning plus evening film screening
The Intercultural Center: Third Annual Indigenous Peoples Day Teach-In - October 8, 2018

Please join us on October 8, 2018 for a day of learning and an evening documentary screening led by scholars and activists.

Schedule of Events

10am- Intercultural Center
Dr. Leanne Day, Brandeis University Levy Kay Fellow in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies
A discussion on homelessness and the housing crisis impacting the Kanaka Maoli population. This discussion will include student participants.

11am- Intercultural Center
Ms. Claudia Fox Tree, Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness
A discussion on First Nations, Cultural Appropriation, and ways to avoid inappropriate language.

12pm- Intercultural Center
Dr. Elizabeth Ferry, Brandeis University Professor of Anthropology
"indigenous peoples and extractivism in Latin America"
A discussion on cases in Mexico, Colombia and Peru where indigenous Latin Americans have confronted mining and oil industries. 

1pm- Intercultural Center
Dr. Karen Hansen, Brandeis University Professor of Sociology, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center
"Settler colonialism and the Dispossession of Dakota land"  
A discussion on Silver Lake.

5pm SCC Auditorium
Screening of Dawnland: A Story of Stolen Children and Cultural Survival

Student Teaching and Learning Opportunities

Racial Justice Bystander Interventions

Workshop participants will explore and deepen their understanding of multisystemic racism and also learn important bystander intervention strategies. 

Fall 2018 Dates:

September 25, 2018: 5:00 pm  - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please sign up for a training.