Read more about the Advocacy for Policy Change initiative.

Advocacy for Policy Change is supported by generous multi-year commitments from Center board member Norbert Weissberg and his wife, former board member Judith Schneider.

Read or download Aadvocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts law (September 2015) [PDF], excerpts from the work of students in the Spring 2015 "Advocacy for Policy Change" course (LGLS 161b).

Advocacy for Policy Change report - September 2015

A Message from Massachusetts State Representative Jay Kaufman, '68, MA '73


Representative Jay Kaufman visiting the "Advocacy for Policy Change" course in 2014

The wonderfully engaged, bright, and energetic students in the "Advocacy for Policy Change" course bring new ideas and new energy to public policymaking.

Grounded in a realistic look at what it takes to advocate for and make significant change in the public arena, they dig into difficult "real world" problems and meaningfully interact with the state's change agents and would-be (or should-be) change agents.

I have no doubt that their probing questions, insights and ideas have made me a better legislator, and help make for better policy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As a Brandeis University alum, I am particularly gratified to have had the opportunity over the past seven years to help establish and nurture this valuable course, which continues the Brandeis tradition of active engagement with the pressing issues of the time.

I am honored to now also serve as the Distinguished Legislator for ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, a national expansion of the important work we have been doing at Brandeis University. We’ve created a great model here at Brandeis and the Massachusetts State House that is now inspiring and supporting engaged citizens across the nation. The network of students, faculty, activists and legislators we are building in ENACT is more important than ever, and I am excited to be a part of its growth and development.

Massachusetts State Representative Jay Kaufman, '68, MA '73

In 2016 Jay Kaufman joined the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.