ENACT Institute

The third ENACT institute will take place in late May/early June 2020 (Date TBA). Under the leadership of the program’s academic director, ENACT Fellows will share ideas and work on course development. Members of the first cohort of Faculty Fellows will lead workshop sessions for new Fellows joining the network, sharing best practices from their work.

The institute's aim is to help ENACT Fellows design courses that meet the following learning goals for their students:

  • Knowledge: develop critical awareness of the gap between the actual legislative process and theoretical or popular descriptions; distinguish legislative perspectives from related concerns; identify the complex roles of the citizen advocate.
  • Skills: increase oral and written facility in expressing arguments under political constraints; synthesize and evaluate information from diverse sources representing competing philosophies; create models of solving challenging problems of social justice through legislative means.
  • Justice: grasp the challenges of achieving justice through legislation; test one's own justice commitments against current state and national problems; compare justice arguments over time; contribute to the creation of a just society through legislative means.

Fellows will meet with state legislators, legislative aides and community activists who have engaged with the course at Brandeis, as well as alumni of the course. The Fellows will also join the ENACT online network, and learn how it can support their work.

All expenses, including tuition, travel and lodging, will be paid as part of the Fellowship.

The first ENACT Institute took place at Brandeis University in May 2016. Read about it here.

The second ENACT Institute took place at Brandeis University in May 2018. Read about it here.