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Applications are now being accepted for the 3rd cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows

ENACT logoApplications are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis. Read details about the fellowship and access the online application here. Read about the first cohort of Faculty Fellows here and the second cohort here.

Thrill of the Bill: University of Maryland

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. Click here to read the full article.

Voting and Democracy in 2020 and Beyond: March 9vote 2020 buttons

On Monday March 9, Brandeis U hosted a panel discussion on voter engagement, access and suppression with special guests Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards & Massachusetts State Senator Becca Rausch '01. 

Young Political Leadership- An ENACT Forum: March 10

On March 10, Brandeis U held a forum discussion of the challenges and opportunities for young people in politics, and the politics and political advocacy careers of four young state legislators featuring MA State Sen. Diana DiZoglio, CT State Rep. Quentin "Q" Phipps, MA State Rep. Maria Duaime Robinson, and ME State Rep. Harold "Trey" Stewart III.

The 2019 Brandeis ENACT Anthology is available online  


The 2019 Brandeis ENACT Anthology "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts law" is now available as a PDF. View or download here. Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b), as seen in our Spring Courses, is taught by Professor Melissa Stimell and is part of the national program ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

ENACT Awarded a Multi-Year Grant to Expand to All 50 States


ENACT will be able to expand to all 50 states thanks to a grant from the Teagle Foundation. To read more about the Teagle foundation and their mission, click here. 

New Cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows attend second ENACT InstituteENACT Institute 2018
The second ENACT Institute, held May 20-24, welcomed the 13 new ENACT Faculty Fellows to Brandeis. Read more about the Institute here, and meet the Fellows of Cohort Two.

ENACT Forum on Women's Political EngagementWomen's Forum
Last spring,
Massachusetts State Senator Cindy Friedman and former New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy. Click here for more info, or watch a full video.

Randolph-Macon Students Experience Politics in Action
Students enrolled in ENACT Faculty Fellow's Richard Meagher's Spring 2018 Virginia Politics in Action course at Randolph-Macon College explored politics and policymaking by directly interacting with their local legislators at the Virginia statehouse. Read more about their experience here.

At a Time of Political Change, a Focus on State Government
A report on the progress of ENACT (The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation) programs around the country, including updates from ENACT classes at Drake University, the University of Mississippi, the University of New Hampshire, and Boise State University.

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ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation

“The most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen.” – Louis D. Brandeis

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a national program engaging undergraduates at colleges and universities in state-level legislative change by learning to work with legislators, staffers, and community organizations to advance policy. It is becoming a major voice in addressing challenges to American democracy by engaging young people around the country in civic activism built on knowledge, cooperation, justice and integrity.

Students learn through direct engagement in this work, traveling to the state capital, meeting with and lobbying legislators, strategizing with advocacy organizations and creating outreach materials to advance their chosen issues.

ENACT has launched new programs in 29 colleges and universities located in or near state capitals, and is building a national online network of students, faculty, activists and legislators. The ENACT Network is becoming a strategic and information hub – a needed resource for state-level players – that enables participants to connect with counterparts throughout the country, with guidance from the team at Brandeis.

Participating schools represent a diverse range of higher education institutions. They are linked through an online network that enhances their learning, connects them with people active in the field, and provides an opportunity for them to share their work to inspire and instruct others who seek to make an impact on civic life in the United States. 

In ENACT courses student teams research their chosen issues, and they design and implement models of legislative activity. Students choose existing laws they can challenge on policy, legal or moral grounds, or propose laws that redress perceived wrongs. Students work with a legislative mentor and/or a member of an advocacy organization, and strive to effect social change.

The results have been impressive: At Brandeis alone more than 200 ENACT students have been engaged with the legislative process for dozens of bills – 15 of which have been signed into law – concerning 28 policy areas.

ENACT brings the commitment to citizen participation embodied by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis to students and organizations engaged in state-level legislation across the United States.