News, Updates & Events


May 8, 2024

New this fall, ENACT course “Legislation for Change: Research, Policy, and Social Determinants of Health” (LGLS121a) will be offered by ENACT Assistant Director of Research Charlotte Powley Mondays and Wednesdays 4:05-5:25pm. This course will examine state, local, and federal level policy making and reform through exploration of the five domains of the social determinants of health (SDOH). Students will research how to write a policy that relates to at least one of the domains of the social determinants of health: 1) economic stability, 2) social and community context, 3) healthcare access and quality, 4) education access and quality, and 5) neighborhood and built environment.

Learn more about this and other ENACT courses at Brandeis.

ENACT student delegates

May 8, 2024

Brandeis graduating seniors Clay Napurano ’24 and Alaina Vermilya ’24 have been selected as the newest ENACT Student Delegates. For the next academic year they will facilitate engagement and interaction with ENACT students and alumni and faculty fellows around the country. “I’m extremely passionate about the power of young people's voices in shaping policy and thrilled to serve as a Student Delegate to help advance ENACT’s important mission,” says Vermilya. “I’m excited to be serving as an ENACT Student Delegate to help support local advocacy work,” says Napurano.

Read more about Clay, Alaina, and the other ENACT Student Delegates.

Kristianna Lapierre ’24
ENACT Student Op-Ed published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette

May 5, 2024

An op-ed written by Brandeis ENACT student Kristianna Lapierre ’24 was recently published by the Worcester Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette. In “Now is the time to pass I AM Bill,” Lapierre advocates to pass the I AM Bill, “An Act to Increase Access to Menstrual Products,” which would mandate that public schools, shelters and prisons to provide menstrual products to all menstruating individuals without stigma. “Massachusetts is a powerhouse for education, health care and equity within a current nationwide surge of attacks on reproductive rights and sex education, which includes menstruation,” writes Lapierre. “Still, we need to do more.” Lapierre studied this issue in the Brandeis ENACT classes “Advocacy for Policy Change” taught by ENACT Director Melissa Stimell, and “Gender, Justice and Legislation” taught by ENACT Assistant Director for Research Charlotte Powley.

Read Kristianna Lapierre’s op-ed here.

April 25, 2024

headshot photo of Claudia BernardiWe are excited to announce that Claudia Bernardi will be the Inaugural Justice Brandeis Practitioner-In-Residence!

Hosted by COMPACT and ENACT in celebration of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, this series will highlight the knowledge and experience developed by the Ethics Center and will expose the Brandeis campus community to spheres of activity that have only become more critical to our interconnected world over recent years.

Claudia Bernardi will be on the Brandeis campus in November 2024. During her one-day residency, she will interact with students, faculty and staff through class visits, workshops, lectures, and other opportunities.

Read more about inaugural Justice Brandeis Practitioner-In-Residence Claudia Bernardi.

Yoni Kahn

April 24, 2024

Yoni Kahn ’24 has been selected for the 2024 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll! This recognizes his work as an ENACT Your Vote Campus Engagement Student Fellow and his support of the VoteDeis Campus Coalition. Yoni will continue his work with ENACT Your Vote as a Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management graduate student next year. 137 college students were selected for the third annual Student Voting Honor Roll. ALL IN’s Student Voting Honor Roll recognizes college students at participating campuses who have gone above and beyond to advance nonpartisan student voter registration, education and turnout efforts in their communities.

Read more.

Students presenting for a table of fellow students in a Brandeis function room

Photo Credit: Shelley Polanco/Shot by Shell Photography

Present and Defend - Brandeis ENACT students advocate for Massachusetts legislation

April 16, 2024

The students of the Brandeis University ENACT course “Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGLS 161b) came together April 16th in the Usdan Student Center for the annual “Present and Defend.” They tried to persuade their classmates, other Brandeis students, and guests to vote for their bills, which are currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. Bill topics included data privacy, gun violence, immigrant rights, juvenile justice, menstrual equity, mental health education, childhood poverty, pregnancy care, sex education, and water resources management. An anthology of the student work will be published in the fall. View previous anthologies here.

Robert Glover

April 10, 2024

ENACT Faculty Fellow Rob Glover, has been named a 2024 Presidential Award winner by the University of Maine.

Dr. Glover’s involvement with ENACT was among the highlights that led nominators, the awards committee, and ultimately, the University of Maine president to choose him for this award, the highest faculty honor for engagement and service at the University. Nominators noted his involvement in ENACT since its inception, his participation in the 2019-2020 ENACT Labor Network, his scholarly work on impacts of ENACT, and his recent work to support the “ENACT Your Vote” Initiative.

“The achievements of all of this year’s Presidential Award recipients have brought long-lasting positive change not only for the students they mentor, but also many others in Maine and beyond,” University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy says. “I personally want to thank them for everything they have offered us, and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next.”

Congratulations Dr. Glover!

Read more.

Brandeis Faculty and Staff Present at Campus Compact Conferences

April 8, 2024

Weinstein, Kabrhel, and Sherman at Campus Compact 24 conferenceThree Brandeis faculty and staff members traveled to Denver in April to discuss innovative Brandeis University community and civic engagement programs at Campus Compact’s national Compact24 conference “Now is the Moment: Higher Education Civic & Community Engagement as the Way Forward.”

(Pictured l-r: Weinstein, Kabrhel, and Sherman at the conference.)

David Weinstein, Assistant Director of ENACT presented ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation in a poster session, and Professor Rosalind Kabrhel of Legal Studies and Prof. David Sherman of the English Department presented on the emerging possibilities of undergraduate carceral studies programs, and shared the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative (BEJI) as a case study for new models for higher ed in prison programs that emphasize diversion and re-entry.

Megan Moran, COMPACT's Associate Director, represented COMPACT virtually at Campus Compact's annual meeting of the affinity network  The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) where she presented on a panel with her sustained conversation group Equity in Community Engaged Research.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities, including Brandeis University committed to advancing the public purposes of higher education. It is the largest and oldest higher education association dedicated to higher education civic and community engagement.  Compact24 is the largest and most inclusive national conference focused on the role of higher education in building healthy communities and fostering a just and equal democracy. Sessions explored topics such as civic learning and democratic engagement, publicly engaged scholarship, practice, and teaching, community-engaged partnerships, institutional action, and anchor initiatives.

ENACT Your Vote Day of Action
ENACT Your Vote Day of Action

April 4, 2024

On April 4th students signed up for voting and civic engagement reminders with ENACT Your Vote at the ENACT Your Vote Day of Action, sponsored by ENACT Your Vote, the VoteDeis Campus Coalition, and the Community Engagement Ambassador Program. Volunteers tabled at the Shapiro and Usdan Campus Centers from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm to help people sign up for and to register and make a plan to vote if eligible.

Join Brandeis ENACT Your Vote to earn points!

Protecting the Freedom to Learn

April 3, 2024

Famed author Julian Winters came to Brandeis April 3rd for a panel discussion held in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, followed by an educational booth fair. Book bans are ravaging the nation as censorship seeps across school districts nationwide. Most of these book bans target identity – race, religion, gender identity, sexuality – and have been coupled with educational censorship and so-called “culture wars” on humanity. With funding from the Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf and Ari Hahn Peace Awards and the ENACT Educate and Advocate Grant, Julian Winters joined Brandeis professor Dr. Tanishia Lavette Williams, Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Racial Justice, Education, and the Carceral State, and student organizer Cameron Samuels ’26 for a panel conversation about the importance of the freedom to read.

Read more and view video of the conversation.

Period Product Packaging & Menstrual Advocacy Day
Period Product Packaging & Menstrual Advocacy Day

April 2, 2024

Charlotte Powley, ENACT’s Assistant Director of Research; MassNOW; and Kenzie Blackwell of FREE Period hosted a Period Product Packaging & Menstrual Equity Advocacy Party on April 2nd in the Shapiro Campus Center at Brandeis. The event was co-sponsored by various student groups, including the Jewish Feminist Association of Brandeis (JFAB). Participants packaged menstrual products for distribution to those in need of period products across the state of Massachusetts. With the support of MassNOW, participants were also provided advocacy training and an opportunity to reach out to Massachusetts state representatives in support of the I AM Bill, which would increase access to menstrual products; the I AM bill is currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. For questions regarding this event, please contact Charlotte Powley at
healthy youth act
Sexual Health Awareness and Healthy Youth Act Advocacy

March 19, 2024

Charlotte Powley, ENACT’s Assistant Director of Research, joined with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW), and various Brandeis student groups, including SSIS, to host a sexual health awareness and Healthy Youth Act advocacy event at the Shapiro Campus Center in March. The event included sexual health legislation trivia, advocacy training and an opportunity for students to reach out to Massachusetts state representatives regarding the Healthy Youth Act. Participants were also invited to write messages to current Boston Public Schools high schoolers regarding the importance of practicing safe sexual health behaviors. For questions regarding this event, please contact Charlotte Powley at
Jay Kaufman with students in the State House.

March 12, 2024

“We, the people, are the heartbeat of a vital and vibrant democracy. It works best when we engage as advocates for the causes that matter. We are the authors of democracy’s successes as well as its failures. So, what is effective advocacy?” ENACT’s Distinguished Legislative Mentor Jay Kaufman ’68, MA ’73, a former Massachusetts State Representative, shares some thoughts based on his 24 years as a legislator.

Read the article.

Flyer for sexual health awareness event
Sexual Health Awareness and Healthy Youth Act Advocacy

March 19, 2024

Please join us for a sexual health awareness and Healthy Youth Act advocacy event hosted by ENACT and the Boston Public Schools Office of Health and Wellness on March 19th! Write messages to current Boston Public Schools high schoolers with the support of MassNOW. Volunteers will be tabling from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Shapiro Campus Center.

This event will also provide advocacy training and an opportunity to reach out to Massachusetts state representatives regarding the Healthy Youth Act.

For more information contact ENACT Assistant Director Charlotte Powley:

  • Learn more from the CDC about condom accessibility programs.
  • To learn more about the Healthy Youth Act, follow HealthyYouthMA on Instagram.
  • Founded in 1968, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW) is a multi-strategy grassroots feminist organization in the Commonwealth.

Two Randolph-Macon College ENACT students pose with Virginia Delegate Coyner

March 6, 2024

“Through their ENACT experiences in ‘Virginia Politics in Action’ my students learn one big lesson that everyone should learn: the barriers to civic participation are not always as high as we think. With some elbow grease – and maybe a little bravery – you can become an effective advocate and help influence the important decisions being made in our state government.

‘Virginia Politics in Action’ definitely involves action; my students get a crash course in state politics, legislative advocacy, and civic participation in just four weeks. There's no long buildup to a culminating experience. We're at the legislature on day two, and meeting legislators about our bill by week three. It's immediate gratification!

It’s exciting, both for me and for my students, to jump right in without too much of a net. And it works: the ENACT model is very well-suited for preparing students.”

Read more from ENACT Faculty Fellow Rich Meagher about his ENACT course at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

February 26, 2024

Photo of Brandeis students Dalia Moran '24 and Arianna Jackson '25Brandeis Stories featured "Advocacy for Policy Change" ENACT students Dalia Moran ’24 and Arianna Jackson ’25. They have been working together for Bill H.2209/S.1457, an Act promoting access to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth options, and have connected with Massachusetts State Senator Becca Rausch ’01, who represents Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex districts.
Make your Vote Count - a Voting Rights Discussion

January 18, 2024

Flyer for Make Your Vote count event 1-18-2024"Make Your Vote Count! A Voting Rights Discussion" was led by policy experts from Common Cause, MassVote, and Brandeis: Prof. Zachary Albert of the Brandeis University Politics Department; Marisol Santiago, Policy and Organizing Director for MassVOTE; and Aaron Scherb, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for Common Cause.

This event was funded by the ENACT Educate & Advocate Grant and the Brenda Meehan Social Justice in Action Grant, and was cosponsored by ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, the VoteDeis Campus Coalition, the Brandeis University Student Union, Brandeis Democrats, and Brandeis University Young Americans for Liberty.

View a video of the conversation and read more about the event here

Team Modern Recycling meets around a table
National ENACT Course Spotlight: “Urban Public Policy” at Seattle University, Washington State

December 1, 2023

“Most of my students come to the university with deep passions, idealism, creativity, and brilliance. Yet they are overwhelmed by the immensity of the societal challenges we face. This can easily lead to stagnation and cynicism at this crucial juncture in their education. What they often need – and this course facilitates – is process-based knowledge and a safe place to develop complex perspectives towards change.

‘Urban Public Policy,’ adapting the ENACT model, was built around the idea that we can intervene at this beautiful moment to support students to build skills, reflective processes, and a sense of solidarity to both imagine and design what change can look like; and that we can hold both idealism and realism in that crucial work.”

Read more from ENACT Faculty Fellow Zachary Wood about his ENACT course at Seattle University in Washington State.

ENACT Your Vote

November 7, 2023

Join ENACT Your Vote – a non-partisan, web-based initiative to encourage voter participation and civic engagement at universities across the country. Join the Brandeis team: earn points, win prizes and encourage others to take action.

Sign up now and you will get updates and voting reminders automatically! 

Join the VoteDeis Campus Coalition – a nonpartisan group of students, faculty and staff supporting voting and voter registration at Brandeis: VoteDeis

Upcoming Courses at Brandeis

November 1, 2023

In spring 2024 two ENACT courses will be offered at Brandeis:

Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGLS 161b), taught by Melissa Stimell will meet Tuesdays 9:35-12:25.

Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGLS 161b), a Legal Studies course introduced in spring 2010, serves as the academic centerpiece of the ENACT program. Developed and taught by Melissa Stimell, Director of the ENACT, the course combines an investigation of the ethical dilemmas that arise in the process of lawmaking with hands-on advocacy work with entities seeking to reform laws or to propose new ones. The course concludes with “Present and Defend,” a major event for the Brandeis community at which the issues are presented and debated by the students.  Save the Date: the next “Present and Defend” will be held at Brandeis on Tuesday,  April 16th at 9:30 AM.

“Gender, Justice and Legislation” (LGLS 118a), taught by new ENACT faculty member Charlotte Powley, is being offered for the first time.

This class will explore both legislation and the implementation of legislation that impacts historically and presently marginalized gender identities. The course will emphasize these themes specifically through an exploration of menstrual equity. It will examine both the role of legislation itself as well as the advocacy and research that accompanies policy.


ENACT Student Delegates: Fostering Leadership and Connection

September 1, 2023

ENACT student delegates are appointed to foster civic engagement on their college campus and facilitate engagement and interaction with ENACT Ambassadors, students and alumni around the country. In addition, student delegates mentor and collaborate with members of campus clubs to help them become more effective citizen advocates at the state legislative level.

The 2023-24 Student Delegates are Brandeis alums Lucca Raabe ‘23 and Vishni Samaraweera, mentored by Elaina Pevide ‘20, who previously served as a Student Delegate. All three are passionate about legislative change, and supporting students around the country to develop their policy advocacy skills. They will be virtually visiting ENACT courses and hosting ENACT network-wide events including the annual ENACT Alumni Networking Night. 

ENACT Educate and Advocate Grant

August 15, 2023

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for Brandeis University undergraduate students!

ENACT Educate and Advocate Grants will provide up to $1,000 to support for student-organized events that focus on educating our community and advocating for positive change on important current public policy issues, such as healthcare equity, reproductive justice, immigration reform, criminal justice, voting rights, and a multitude of other concerns.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 9:00 pm ET February 12, 2024.

Full grant criteria and application.

The Justice Brandeis Practitioner-in-Residence Limited Series

July 1, 2023

Hosted by COMPACT and ENACT in Celebration of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

The newly announced Justice Brandeis Practitioner-in-Residence Limited Series will highlight the knowledge and experience developed by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, and will expose the Brandeis campus community to spheres of activity that have only become more critical to our interconnected world over recent years.

On or around Justice Brandeis’ birthday of November 13, COMPACT and ENACT will host a practitioner whose life and work exemplifies Justice Louis Brandeis’ values of justice and truth as applied to community engagement activities, global or local. During the one-day residency, the visiting practitioner will interact with students, faculty and staff through class visits, workshops, lectures, and other opportunities. Each residency will produce an output which can be shared afterwards, for example a written document, short documentary film, a podcast, or an exhibit.

This limited series will be hosted from 2024-25 through the 2027-28 academic years. The inaugural residency will be in November 2024. Practitioners will receive a $10,000 honorarium. 

Deadline for nominations for the inaugural residency: April 1, 2024

Submit a nomination online here.


ENACT Welcomes Faculty from across the US to Brandeis for the Summer 2023 Institute

June 30, 2023


In June, ENACT welcomed 22 faculty members from colleges and universities across the United States to Brandeis for the third in-person ENACT Institute. ENACT Faculty Fellows teach their versions of “Advocacy for Policy Change” (LGS 161b,  the ENACT course that forms the basis of the program developed and taught at Brandeis by ENACT Director Melissa Stimell.

Faculty Fellows traveled from as near as Connecticut and Maine to as far as Alaska and Arizona. This third cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows brings the non-partisan ENACT program across the country.

During the three-day institute new and experienced Faculty Fellows delved deeply into the ENACT model as they developed their courses, and they shared their own expertise. Discussion topics included how to teach an ENACT course in challenging political environments, how to empower students, and how to work with community partners. They were joined by special guests including Massachusetts State Senator Becca Rausch ’01.

See the full list of ENACT Faculty Fellows.

Learn more about ENACT 

June 30, 2023

Student work from the spring 2023 Brandeis ENACT course is available to view or download online. Explore the work of Brandeis ENACT students: 23 citizen advocates for such issues as food insecurity, homelessness, gun control, healthcare access, juvenile justice, and immigrant rights.


ENACT Students Meet With Massachusetts Legislative Advocates

January 31, 2023

The students of the Brandeis ENACT course "Advocacy for Policy Change" (LGLS 161b) recently met in January with advocates from nine Massachusetts organizations. Each advocate discussed their issue and the related legislation being proposed at the Massachusetts State House, encouraging ENACT students to focus on the related bill in their ENACT work.

Photo of students, taken by David Weinstein

Pictured: Brandeis ENACT students meet with representatives and leaders from Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Mass NOW (the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women), the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Health Care For All, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, Reproductive Equity Now and the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.


Maia Lefferman '25 connects Brandeis University's VoteDeis Coalition, supported by ENACT, with college-based nonpartisan voter engagement efforts in greater Boston through her representation and work with Boston Votes. During the past few years, Boston Votes has held summits to gather the students, faculty and staff across the coalition to continue strengthening student and campus voter participation efforts.

Professor Myers and his students at the RI State House
ENACT Faculty Fellow Adam Myers and Students visit the Rhode Island State House

April 21, 2022

During the 2022 Spring semester, Professor Adam Myers and students from his Public Analysis and Advocacy course visited Rhode Island State House. Students were able to meet and learn from State Rep. Rebecca Kislak as well as develop a greater understanding of public policy and advocacy at the State level. Professor Myers is a part of the Political Science Department at Providence College.

Transforming the Civic Engagement of Future Generations

February 1, 2022

Ethics Center Director Melissa Stimell, with Brandeis graduate student Kaitie Chakoian and Brandeis alum Charlotte Powley, PhD, surveyed and interviewed alumni from 10 years of the Brandeis ENACT Advocacy for Policy Change course (LGLS 161b), which was developed by Stimell and has been taught by her since 2011.

This course is the model for the Ethics Center's national, 50-state program ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation.

The results from this ENACT Pilot Evaluation Report shows the impact of Ethics Center's ENACT course on alumni civic engagement and career trajectories.

Among the conclusions:

ENACT alumni have high levels of political efficacy. They feel well-qualified to engage with the political process and believe that doing so can have an impact on political outcomes. As a result, they are much more civically engaged than the average U.S. resident. They vote at substantially higher rates and engage in various other ways. ENACT alumni retain the knowledge they learned in the class about the political process, even years after completing it. They also retain skills (speaking and writing clearly, working effectively with others, and evaluating data sources) that have helped them in their professional work — whether that work is policy-related or completely unrelated. In addition to these skills, ENACT alumni credit the networks they developed and the mentorship of ENACT faculty with the trajectories their careers have taken since leaving Brandeis.

Read the full report

January 24, 2022

"Student-to-Student Support: The ENACT Student Delegates," ENACT Student Delegates Elaina Pevide ’20 and Alison Cantor ’22 explore new ways of strengthening ties between ENACT classes.

All IN Voting Challenge Gold Seal

January 1, 2022

Voter Participation Earns Brandeis National Gold Seal Recognition

Seventy percent of Brandeis University students who were eligible voted in the 2020 presidential election, earning the University a Gold Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, which strives for a more inclusive democracy. The work to achieve this milestone – an increase of 13 percent from the previous presidential election – was spearheaded by the VoteDeis Campus Coalition, organized by Leigh Swigart and David Weinstein of the Ethics Center in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students. VoteDeis is a nonpartisan initiative that since 2018 has brought together students, staff and faculty to coordinate, plan, and share information and resources for voter registration and participation.

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation expands to all 50 states with its first virtual institute.


Student walking down sidewalk, which has chalk messages promoting voting.

Photo Credit: Noah Zeitlin/The Justice

October 20, 2020

The Ethics Center's Leigh Swigart and David Weinstein spoke with The Justice about their role in the formation of the VoteDeis coalition, a nonpartisan campus initiative dedicated to ensuring all eligible students are registered and have a plan to vote.

October 6, 2020

The ENACT program at Brandeis University organizes nonpartisan Brandeis campus coalition supporting voter registration and participation.

September 15, 2020

Brandeis students Hangyu Du ’21 and Nicole (Huiyan) Zhang ’21 create, a custom digital resource sharing platform for the national ENACT network, with support from a grant from the New York-based Teagle Foundation.


ENACT event puts spotlight on young political leadership

March 10, 2020

The forum at Brandeis discussed of the challenges and opportunities for young people in politics, and the politics and political advocacy careers of four young state legislators: Connecticut state Rep. Quentin Phipps, Maine state Rep. Harold "Trey" Stewart III, Massachusetts state Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Massachusetts state Rep. Maria Duaime Robinson.

State senator, city councilor appear at 'Voting and Democracy' panel

March 9, 2020

The panel, "Voting and Democracy in 2020 and Beyond," featured a discussion by Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Massachusetts state Sen. Becca Rausch ’01 on voter engagement, access and suppression.

March 5, 2020

In the seminar "Civic Engagement in Action: Citizens and Policy Advocacy," Associate Professor Stella Rouse at the University of Maryland split students into teams to choose, study and advocate for specific bills now under consideration in Annapolis.

August 28, 2019

ENACT Faculty Fellow Candis Watts Smith was quoted in the New York Times opinion piece "We Aren't Seeing White Support for Trump for What It Is."

August 7, 2019

Three students from the University of Maine will join students from three states to join the national pilot program of the ENACT Labor Network to engage with lawmakers and study policy and advocacy on state and national levels.


May 28, 2019

"Brandeisians Leading Through Legislation" looks at the ENACT program and student participation in classes and events.

ENACT awarded multiyear grant to expand to all 50 states

May 17, 2019

"We are delighted to support expansion of the ENACT program," said Andrew Delbanco, president of the Teagle Foundation, whose $350,000 gift will make the expansion possible. "Helping young people to understand and engage in deliberative democracy is an urgent task, and Brandeis is showing a way forward."

April 8, 2019

Massachusetts State Senators Diana DiZoglio and Cindy Friedman and Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy, as well as their perspectives on political engagement — particularly at the state level — in conversation with the students from ENACT courses around the United States.

ENACT joins CivXNow Coalition

April 5, 2019

ENACT has affiliated with the CivXNow coalition, a task foce that aims to prepare youth across America to be active participants of civic life. They support civic education through advocacy and investment. ENACT joins a cohort of over 100 member organizations, academic and research institutions, and other supporters from across the political spectrum.

ENACT awarded Institutional Innovation Grant

March 22, 2019

ENACT has been awarded a Multi-Institutional Innovation Project grant by Bringing Theory to Practice. The award will support ENACT's work engaging undergraduates across the Unites States directly in the process of state legislative change.

Students discuss roles of legislative committees with Massachusetts officials

February 25, 2019

ENACT students from Brandeis and the University of Louisville participated in a conversation with Massachusetts state Sen. and Senate Pro Tempore Will Brownsberger (D-Suffolk/Middlesex) regarding the role of committees in the legislative process. The students in Kentucky joined the class, which took place at Brandeis live via Zoom.

Brandeis ENACT students meet with legislators at State House

February 13, 2019

Students discussed the bills they are working on this semester, gained insight into where these bills stand in the legislative process and discussed how they might help move the bills forward.

November 27, 2018

In a recent Urban Affairs Review article, Mead discussed his graduate-level policy course at Cleveland State University, which requires students to lobby on a public-policy issue, and recognizes ENACT as a similar opportunity for undergraduate students.

jacket of "Black Politics in Transition"
Faculty Fellow Candis Watts Smith co-edits new book

September 12, 2018

ENACT congratulates Smith, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina, and co-editor Christina M. Greer of Fordham University on the publication of "Black Politics in Transition: Immigration, Suburbanization and Gentrification" (Routledge).

jacket of "The Politics of Millennials"
Faculty Fellow Stella Rouse co-edits new book

August 9, 2018

ENACT congratulates Rouse, an associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and co-editor Ashley D. Ross of Texas A&M University on the publication of "The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America's Most Diverse Generation" (University of Michigan Press).

Female student, seated at table, speaks with her adviser

July 24, 2018

Sage Rosenthal ’19 reflects on how ENACT prepared her for a Capitol Hill congressional internship.

July 16, 2018

Myeisha Boyd, Marian Gardner, Mark Hickey and Miranda Robert found a lot to like about their year as ENACT student delegates.


ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is happy to announce the second cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows. The newest 13 faculty fellows hail from colleges and universities in or near the state capitals of Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

This cohort of fellows joins a thriving national network of 16 faculty fellows across the United States who are teaching new courses or enhancing existing courses that engage students in hands-on study and work related to state-level legislation. Fellows will advance this work together, as all 29 fellows learn from one another's pedagogy and sharing in each other's successes.

photo of Gail Miller

Gail Miller reflects on her experiences in Faculty Fellow Kathleen Cole's ENACT course in spring 2017.

"I had a rather limited understanding of politics and democratic institutions when I enrolled in the Advocacy for Policy Change course in spring 2017; and the extent of my political participation was voting every few years. Before taking this class, I was unaware that there are many other ways to communicate my preferences to elected officials. I believed if an election did not turn out the way I hoped, I was left to hope someone 'better' got elected next time.

"Since taking Advocacy for Policy Change, I have a much better understanding of how my state legislature functions, who the representatives are, how to access information about legislation important to me, and how to effectively communicate my preferences to the appropriate political actors. I also learned how to find local advocacy groups working on the issues I am interested in, which enabled me to build meaningful relationships with like-minded people, furthered my education on how to be an involved citizen, and further amplified my political voice."

In August 2017, more than 5,000 state legislators, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, educators and others interested in public policy from across the United States and abroad gathered in Boston for the annual Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures. And ENACT was there. ENACT representatives met with legislators from states that currently host ENACT courses, as well as with others who are interested in supporting the ENACT model of engaging young people in state-level legislative change based on a shared commitment to knowledge, cooperation, justice and integrity.

"ENACT offers the promise of inspiring and supporting students across the nation to become engaged citizens, even as they inform and empower their own legislatures," said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound in an endorsement letter.