Keynote Address

With Germaine Ingram

Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Performance of "Freedom Underfoot", with Germaine Ingram (bio here) about the final horrific year of the Civil War in Atlanta, consisting of original songs and dances, combined with text from slave narratives, diaries, women's autobiographies, and letters that excavate the ambitions, fears, and internal conflicts of southern women----slave, free, white and black.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Keynote Address- "The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice"

Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram illuminates her lives in the law, arts & culture, and the broad civic arena as avenues for advancing fairness, respect, and inclusion. This keynote includes excerpts from her performance, "Freedom Underfoot," presented Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

Community Partner Events

Reach beyond the Brandeis bubble by making connections (and making a difference) with local organizations through 'DEIS Impact!  In 2015, the Community Day Center did a terrific 'DEIS Impact event with Waltham Group, which was an exhibit of photos taken by individuals experiencing homelessness. After 'DEIS Impact, the photos became a traveling exhibit shown in local schools, libraries, and government buildings as well as in the Community Day Center itself.

This 2016 community partners connected with 'DEIS Impact events were More Than Words, the Waltham Family School, WATCH CDC, and Facing History.

Click here for the full listing of all 'DEIS Impact 2016 events.

Empowering Youth Through Business and Education: The Story of More Than Words

Monday, Feb.1, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school CAN take charge of their lives through education, employment opportunities, and coaching. Join this open discussion and presentation by More Than Words youth participants, who are learning to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Connect with More Than Words staff and youth over tasty snacks to discuss what you can do to combat the issues faced by many youth today! RSVP on Facebook here.

Sponsored by: Community Service Department and More Than Words
For more information: Elena Babineau,


Through Immigrant Voices: School in the USA

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

¿Qué haces cuando no entiendes la lengua? What is it like to live in a society where you are expected to read, write, and communicate in a language that you do not understand? How do immigrant parents work to learn English while supporting their children in the USA’s complex educational system? Join us for a discussion highlighting the struggles and successes of immigrant families and hear about these experiences firsthand from immigrant parents. Light refreshments will be served, so get ready to snack and learn about the experiences of our friends, family, neighbors, and peers that make up what is frequently called “a nation of immigrants.”

Sponsored by: Waltham Family School
For more information: Mrudula Gadgil,


Perspectives on Housing Insecurity

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Decent, stable housing provides families with the stability and safety to enjoy a sense of security and pursue educational and job opportunities. Yet the world is experiencing a global housing crisis and close to 827.6 million people worldwide live in urban slums. Join us for a discussion on the implications of housing insecurity in our community and worldwide. We will hear from artists and advocates on myths and facts, the importance of the arts, and how anyone can take steps to mitigate the issue.

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity, Hunger and Homelessness, and WATCH CDC
For more information: Sofia Lavrentyeva,

The Curriculum of Social Justice: A Look Inside Facing History

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Become a student of social justice for the day! Facing History and Ourselves is a global organization that focuses on providing a comprehensive social justice education to high schoolers around the world. This event will open with a panel discussion by Facing History educators, employees, and students on their experiences with the curriculum. Join them in a lesson and discussion on the place of social justice in education. Where have there been examples of social justice and education mixing in the past? Is there a need for social justice education now? This workshop asks participants to think critically about the past, themselves, and the future. Refreshments will be served.

For more information: Hannah Sussman,