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'DEIS Impact 2018 Fall Flyer [PDF] and Event Booklet [PDF]

2018 event summaries

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Make an Impact: Share Your Story & Learn from Others 

Join and learn from the Brandeis legacy of social justice professionals by sharing your personal story, professional path and career advice with current students and alumni. As a student, review your past service-related internships in the Brandeis Internship Exchange and read what others have said. As an alum, participate in a variety of career-related volunteer opportunities including Wisdom Wanted, Hiatt's popular online alumni-student networking program. To learn more, contact Alexandra Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement, at or (781) 736-3623.

"Brandeis has always taken pride in its belief in social justice, and ‘DEIS impact takes that belief to a whole new level. It is that week when the Brandeis community collectively comes together to celebrateour community's strength to make a positive change in our world.” - Shikha Chandarana, '17, 'DEIS Impacter

"I am proud to be a part of a cohesive event towards social justice, rather than something isolated.”-'DEIS Impact 2016 Event Organizer

"Last year's festival was my absolute favorite week I've experienced at Brandeis. Every single event I went to or participated in left my mind and soul empowered and enriched, and I still feel the power of these events months later. I finally felt like I was a part of a larger, impassioned Brandeis community. -Regina Roberg, '17

Feb. 1 - Feb. 11, 2018

A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s seventh annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, featuring talks, workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions.

Read summaries and see photos from 'DEIS Impact 2018 here. Also, check out summaries of 'DEIS Impact College classes. For the original listing of 'DEIS Impact College, click here

Read a welcome message from our organizers

'DEIS Impact 2018 Keynote Address: "One Person at a Time, One Humanity Closer": Tackling the Syrian Crisis From New Hampshire with Nadia Alawa, founding president of NuDay Syria

Watch the 2018 'DEIS Impact Keynote Address!

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Read articles from BrandeisNowThe Justice, and The Hoot

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Nadia Alawa smiles at the camera wearing a Syria freedom shirt
Photo by Yiyi Wu

As Syria's brutal conflict unfolded, one woman in New Hampshire decided to take action. Nadia Alawa founded NuDay Syria at her kitchen table in 2013. In just four years, it has grown to a multimillion-dollar humanitarian relief organization.

But how can someone on the outside help those in crisis in a way that respects their dignity? How can we ensure we are aiding and empowering them — not undermining or insulting them? Alawa grappled with these questions as she found a way to address humanitarian needs in one of the most challenging parts of the world, starting with nothing but conviction and commitment.

About NuDay Syria

NuDay Syria focuses primarily on those in need in Syria, both in besieged areas and in the north. It helps people rebuild their lives through work opportunities, social business and self-sustainability programs for women, along with supporting schools. NuDay Syria sends 40-foot shipping containers of donations monthly from New Hampshire to northern Syria and refugee camps in Turkey. Its crowdsourced campaigns focus on aiding widows and children, with a special interest in empowering women to be self-reliant. 

About Nadia Alawa

A graduate of Copenhagen University with a degree in pedagogy, Nadia Alawa lives in New Hampshire with her husband and eight children. She grew up in Denmark and has lived in Japan, New York and Massachusetts. She has given a TED talk and has been featured on CBS, NECN's "The Morning Show" and in The Boston Globe. She also was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the "Top Ten Muslims Who Save Lives."




"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Watch 'DEIS Impact sponsor Jules Bernstein '57 talk about the history of social action at Brandeis:

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