'deis IMPACT 2019 Events

The 2019 theme was What is Social Justice?: Consciously Exploring Oppression, Power, and Privilege in our Communities.

Multi-Day Events & Passive Programming

Write Your Reps!: Postcard Writing Campaign

Dates: Monday - Friday

Times: 12pm-2pm

Location: SCC Atrium

Description: Participants were assisted in contacting their local, state, or national representatives with issues and concerns.

Sponsor: The Department of Student Activities


Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen (Exhibit)

Dates: Wednesday - Saturday

Times: 11am-5pm

Location: Rose Art Museum

Description: The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University presented the first major retrospective of eminent American artist, curator, and teacher Howardena Pindell. For nearly five decades, she has explored the intersection of art and activism. What Remains To Be Seen spans the New York–based artist’s career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. On view February 1 through May 19, 2019, the exhibition traces themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present.

Sponsor: The Rose Art Museum


Prosthetic Hands: Workshop and Open House in the MakerLab

Dates: Wednesday

Times: 1pm-5pm

Location: MakerLab (Goldfarb Library- Above the Starbucks)

Description: Over the last 2 years, the Prosthesis Club made functional upper limb prosthesis for more than 6 children in need from across the globe. We invited you to a workshop and Open House to learn more about how we assemble a hand as well as about how the open hardware movement works! If you were curious to learn more about 3D printed prosthesis, open hardware, prosthesis, or bionics, we hope you joined us in the MakerLab.

Sponsors: The Brandeis MakerLab and the Brandeis Prosthesis Club 


Black Student Activism: Ford Hall and Beyond

Date: Friday

Times: 10am-3pm

Location: Reading Room of the Archives and University Collections (Goldfarb-Farber Library)

Description: The campus community was invited to the University Archives & Special Collections for a special one-day display of materials related to Ford Hall 1969, Ford Hall 2015, civil rights activism, the Transitional Year Program, and the AAAS department. We also displayed Brandeis yearbooks of some notable future activists. The display was up from 10-3 on Friday, February 8th, in the Reading Room of University Archives & Special Collections on Goldfarb 2 (enter through the glass exhibit area). *This display was also in honor of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the AAAS department.

Sponsor: Brandeis University Archives and University Collections


Sunday, February 3

'deis IMPACT Kickoff

Time: 12pm-3pm

Location: SCC

Description: Participants learned about the history of this Festival as well as social justice on campus. 

Sponsor: 'deis IMPACT!


Boycott Wendy's: Why & How

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: SCC MultiPurpose Room

Description: Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization made up of farmworkers that fights for fair and ethically grown food as well as the rights of farmworkers, came to speak about the current Boycott on Wendy’s: why it’s happening and how the Brandeis and Waltham communities can support it.

Sponsors: Brandeis Labor Coalition; Brandeis Latinx Student Organization


Inclusion Doesn't Happen by Accident

Time: 3pm-4pm

Location: Lurias (Upper Sherman)

Description: Rabbi Dov Linzer has been an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities. He spoke about spiritual values, disability and inclusion. Food & refreshments were served. Rabbi Linzer is President & Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and designed its groundbreaking curriculum of Torah, Halakha, pastoral counseling, and professional training. A leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 20 years, he hosts highly popular podcasts, including The Joy of Text and Iggros Moshe A to Z.

Sponsors: Brandeis Hillel


Rights Not Rescue: A Workshop and Panel on Sex Workers’ Rights

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: SCC MultiPurpose Room

Description: We invited you to join advocates for sex worker rights as they lead a workshop where participants learned to confront the stigma surrounding sex work, how to advocate for sex workers on and off campus, and about why it is important to center sex worker voices in the debate surrounding their rights and profession. Sex work is becoming increasingly stigmatized and criminalized in the U.S. Through this event, students heard from activists working for the support and destigmatization of sex work and understand why centering the voices of sex workers is far more important than delegitimizing and criminalizing their work.

Sponsor: Brandeis Labor Coalition


Monday, February 4

Outside the Box: Contemporary Tactics in Social Justice Initiatives

Time: 9:30am-11am

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: In this panel presentation, doctoral candidates Ann Ward, Samantha Leonard, and Sarah J. Halford discussed current tactics used in the field of social justice. Using theoretical frameworks from social movement theory, the presenters provided examples of activist work in the areas of climate change, intimate partner violence, and art in contemporary mobilizations. The panelists guided a discussion on the use of emotion, narrative, creativity, and more. Participants were invited to consciously question different modes of resistance and activism.


'deis IMPACT College - Genocide and Killings in the 20th Century w/ Professor Laura Jockusch

Time: 11am-11:50am

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This was an interdisciplinary seminar examining history and sociology of the internationally punishable crime of genocide, with the focus on theory, prevention, and punishment of genocide. Case studies included Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, Stalin's Russia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.


MCCF: Concepts and Practice

Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center - Gellar

Description: There exists a false narrative that university spaces are free from forms of privilege and oppression. Though Brandeis aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive environment, we have work to do. Part of working to solve this problem is using the MCCF, a framework that supports for self-awareness and cross-identity dialogue that can be used in many settings. During this session, participants learned about the MCCF, conceptual frameworks related to privilege and oppression, and had an opportunity to practice using the MCCF.

Sponsor: Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI)


Graduate Student Program: How Businesses Can Provide Social Justice w/ Javaid Sofi

Time: 12:30pm-1:15pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: We need to change the way we think about business. The goal of the business should be to make profit and provide social justice. These two things are not mutually exclusive. Take Aravind Hospital in India: for less than $5, the health system was able to deliver high-quality eye surgery for those who have been systematically marginalized and denied health services. While it is an imperative to fight systematic impediments that halt progress to achieve social justice—we do a disservice by not taking advantage of market forces that can elevate marginalized groups. 

Sponsor: Graduate Student Association


Phyllis Bennis Speaks: The Marginalization Of Gaza And The West Bank

Time: 3:30pm-5pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: Longtime author and activist Phyllis Bennis spoke on Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Her talk offered a unique perspective on the oppressions the Palestinians living there face. Ms. Bennis has worked on Palestinian issues for over four decades and has written nine books, including Understanding The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. A discussion followed her talk, where the audience could give their own views and responses.


Power, Privilege, and Climate Justice

Time: 5pm-7pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall (Goldfarb-Farber Library)

Description: We welcomed Mariama White-Hammond, a Boston-based faith leader, who proved a commitment to climate justice advocacy and speaks forcefully against environmental racism, oppression, and privilege within our communities. This event helped members of the community recognize that they are stakeholders in the important work around protecting our planet, and each other. It also expanded our thinking of the “who” and “how” of climate justice, the impact of our actions and how we can perpetuate diversity in our activism.

Sponsors: CGES; Senate Sustainability Committee (SenSus); Environmental Studies Program; Sustainable Brandeis


Justice for All: The Ongoing Fight for Reform of the Justice System and Prisoner Rights

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Usdan International Lounge

Description: Brandeis University’s motto is “Truth, even unto its innermost parts,” and few embody this ideal more than these four alumni attorneys. They work tirelessly to seek justice in the fields of prisoner rights, wrongful convictions and the right to legal representation. In this panel discussion, the audience heard from a corporate trial lawyer who uses his talents to serve as president of the Innocence Project in Pennsylvania (Howard Scher, '67), and from a former director of the ACLU’s National Prisoner Project who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that helped to change national policy (Elizabeth Alexander, '67). They were joined by two public defenders who apply social justice activism to their daily work (Aaron Bray, '13 and Lindsay Markel, '08). Whether you are looking to enter the field yourself or are simply interested in hearing from those on the front lines of the fight for justice and prison reform, we hope you joined us for this timely and important discussion.

Panelists included: Elizabeth Alexander, '67; Aaron Bray, '13; Lindsay Markel, '08; Howard Scher, '67; 

Moderated by: Rosalind Kabrhel (Legal Studies Lecturer at Brandeis University)

Sponsors: Brandeis Institutional Advancement; Brandeis Alumni Affairs; The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism


Tuesday, February 5

'deis IMPACT College - Power and Violence: Anthropology of Political Systems w/ Professor Elizabeth Ferry

Time: 9:30am-10:50am

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: Political orders are established and maintained by varying combinations of overt violence and the more subtle workings of ideas. The course examined the relationship of coercion and consensus, and forms of resistance, in historical and contemporary settings.


'deis IMPACT College - Control Freaks: Discipline, Rules, and Power w/ Professor Michael Prentice

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course examined diverse methods of control across society from an anthropological perspective. Students studied how control and surveillance operate in modern science, capitalism, prisons, education, medicine, and self-discipline. The course linked these topics with classical anthropological theory about culture itself as a mode of control.


'deis IMPACT College - Borders, Regions, and Ethnicities in Modern Europe w/ Professor Drew Flanagan

Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: Political orders are established and maintained by varying combinations of overt violence and the more subtle workings of ideas. The course examined the relationship of coercion and consensus, and forms of resistance, in historical and contemporary settings.


10 Years of Brandeis in The Hague: Alumni Panel Exploring Social Justice from an International Legal Perspective

Time: 2pm-3:30pm

Location: Usdan International Lounge

Description: The Brandeis in The Hague program will be celebrating it’s 10th summer this year! We invited Brandeis alumni from different stages in their academic and professional careers to inform prospective Brandeis in The Hague students on the program’s impact. The Hague alumni panel explored social justice from an international legal perspective and how oppressed people can or cannot rely on the system of the international criminal courts. Alumni conveyed what they learned on the Brandies in The Hague program and how they’ve applied it to their graduate work, research, and professional career endeavors. We hope you joined Professor and Faculty Leader for Brandeis in The Hague Melissa Stimell, Brandeis senior and Study Abroad Ambassador Izzy Nickel, and Assistant Director of Study Abroad Michelle Ranieri in welcoming Brandeis alumni panelists in this 10th anniversary celebration of Brandeis in The Hague!

Sponsor: Brandeis in The Hague and The Office of Study Abroad


'What The Health': A Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

Time: 3:30pm-6pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This program featured a documentary screening of the film “What the Health”. The documentary discussed how food plays a major role in chronic diseases. This critique of the food industry advocates for a plant based diet. The screening was followed by a lively discussion with faculty. The conversation focused on working through the myths regarding healthy diets and habits, especially for college students.

Sponsor: Brandeis FIMRC (The Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children)


How Far does Greater Boston Reach?: A History of Immigrant Communities in the Greater Boston Area

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Usdan International Lounge

Description: This panel event included guests from various immigrant and refugee communities in the greater Boston area. Each of the panelists talked about the experiences of immigrants and refugees in their communities, the history of their communities, and the challenges faced by members of their communities today. This panel provided Brandeis students with opportunities to meet representatives from organizations in the greater Boston area that help immigrants and refugees and get involved with the programming of these organizations.

Sponsor: Brandeis STAND


From Protest to Politics: The Ferguson Uprising; Challenging Longstanding Injustices

Time: 8pm - 10pm

Location: SCC Theatre

Description: Pastor Cori Bush told her story about her journey in the struggle to end police violence and resource deprivation in St.Louis/Ferguson area. The movement in Ferguson not only changed St.Louis, but it became the lens through which most people came to see Black struggle in the current era. Pastor Cori went to the protest to support the physical and mental well being of activist and never left, seeing that the men in power were not concerned for people's interest. Pastor Cori also saw a few Black women speaking out and being listened to even less. For her, the protests were and are important, but the work evolved into more venues to make change. 

Sponsors: PAX Department; Student Union Social Justice and Diversity Committee


Wednesday, February 6

'deis IMPACT: Mid-Week Reflection

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This was an informal opportunity designed to offer an opportunity to process and reflect upon 'deis IMPACT! 2019.

Sponsor: 'deis IMPACT!


Exploring Social Justice in the Brandeis Classroom and Beyond: Courses, Internships, and Careers

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This student-focused event, with 4-5 students as panelists, was designed to raise awareness and spark discussion about the variety of paths within Brandeis and beyond for students to explore and pursue their interest in social justice. Importantly, it was designed to help students think more critically about addressing oppression, power, and privilege into aspects of academic life at Brandeis as well as beyond, even if their major/internship/etc. is not obviously tied to social justice. Faculty, staff, advisers, and alumni were also welcome to attend and engage.


MCCF: Lab

Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center - Gellar

Description: There exists a false narrative that university spaces are free of forms of privilege and oppression. Though Brandeis aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive environment, we have work to do. Part of working to solve this problem is using the MCCF, a framework that supports for self-awareness and cross-identity dialogue that can be used in many settings. **In order to attend this session, participants must have attended the full MCCF training at 'deis IMPACT! or in another setting.** During this session, the MCCF was reviewed briefly, but most of the session will consist of practicing the MCCF.

Sponsor: Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI)


Graduate Student Program: Promoting Gender Equity; What About the Boys and Men? w/ Donald Fonseca

Time: 12:30pm-1:15pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: Full gender equality will not be achieved in any country or in the world at large, until violence against women is eradicated. At the same time, violence against women can only be reduced with comprehensive and multilevel efforts in many sectors. Currently, very few, if any, development programs seek to engage men and boys in this effort. With boys and men in mind, programs can be designed in an effort to influence a policy environment that promotes non-violence at home, at work and in public spaces, all with a view to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Sponsor: Graduate Student Association


'deis IMPACT College - Protest, Politics, and Change: Social Movements w/ Professor Gowri Vijayakumar

Time: 2pm-3:20pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course introduced major sociological theories about leadership, political context, culture, and identities in social movements in transnational perspective. It examined historical and contemporary cases of social movements through the lenses of race, gender, class, and sexuality.


My Spiritual Journey: Featuring Provost Lisa Lynch

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall (Goldfard-Farber Library)

Description: Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch shared her spiritual journey - specifically with regard to the people, values, and communities that contributed to vision, vocation, and commitment to social justice.

Sponsor: Department of Spiritual and Religious Life


In Her Footsteps: Film and Director Talk

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Heller's Altman Amphitheater

Description: From the Film..."In the dead of night, my parents left our house in the Muslim Bedouin village, Tel Sheva, where I was born, and moved, perhaps 'fled', to Omer, a nearby Jewish town, where I grew up. For more than twenty years in Omer, we've been deeply integrated into Omer's white hegemony, we were convinced that we're like everyone else around us, till my mother became ill with breast cancer. She expresses an unprecedented wish, to be buried as a Muslim in the town’s Jewish cemetery. In the Arab, Muslim and men world, where Rodina lives, women are forbidden to attend funerals. She hoped that by fulfilling her wish, her three daughters could walk with her on her last journey. But in the Jewish society, there has never been a precedent for a shared burial of Arabs and Jews. Her wish tore the family apart and raised serious dilemmas, about identity, belonging, femininity and the meaning of home." Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival 2017. Israel Academy Award nominee for best documentary over 60 min, 2018. (Israeli Oscar). Best Documentary Director at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg 2018.

Sponsors: Heller MBA Program; Heller Dean's Office - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Talk Back Session: Inclusion in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) 

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location: Usdan International Lounge

Description: This program served as a unique discussion among Brandeis faculty and students as well as local community organizers on inclusion in white institutions. We specifically used this space to ask ‘what does it mean to work towards inclusivity when brown and black bodies in this space are both invisible and hyper-visible?’

Sponsor: Caribbean Cultural Club


Thursday, February 7

The Important Legacy of Black Women at Brandeis: A Reading Group

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Location: Usdan Alumni Lounge

Description: The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program hosted a reading group that focused on the works of black women who have been central to Brandeis' history. 

Sponsor: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


Disability Justice through the Lens of Intersectionality

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: What does disability justice look like in our community? How can we support it? And how can we uphold its values? This event featured a viewing of opening keynote from the Disability Intersectionality Summit given by Mia Mingus, a community organizer for transformative and disability justice, who addressed the need for disability justice spaces as expectation rather than an exception. The viewing was followed by a panel discussion of members across the Brandeis University community responding to Mingus’ talk, and inviting a discussion with attendees.

Sponsors: Heller Disability Working Group; Lurie Institute for Disability Policy


Constructing Identities: A Zine-Making Workshop 

Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: Intercultural Center (ICC) Lounge

Description: The Brandeis Asian American Task Force invited you come and get creative for a zine-making demonstration and workshop! Zines (DIY mini magazines) have long been used as artistic vehicles for social justice - whether for political issues, consciousness-raising, identity expression, and more. In this workshop, we spoke about zines' usefulness for self-definition, education, and storytelling before providing an opportunity for participants to make their own zines.

Sponsor: BAATF


Graduate Student Poster Session

Time: 12:15pm-1:45pm

Location: SCC Atrium

Description: Enjoy posters and presentations by graduate students on diverse social justice themes.

Sponsor: Graduate Student Services


'deis IMPACT College - Disability Cultures: Art, Film & Literature of People with Disabilities w/ Professor Ilana Szobel

Time: 2pm-3:20pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course explored cultural representations of disability in Israel, Europe, and the US. By focusing on literature, film, dance, and visual art, it explored physical, mental, and emotional disability experiences, and their relations to gender, sexuality, nationalism, and identity politics.


Sex, Violence & Media Literacy

Time: 3:30pm-5pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This media literacy workshop introduced critical consumption theories around race, gender, and other social identities in the context of the media we consciously and unconsciously consume. Using examples from past and present media (TV, movies, advertisements, and more), we reflected on what media teaches us about ourselves and each other, particularly in regard to sexualized and racialized violence. We engaged in discussion around how we can learn to challenge these implicit and explicit biases in our interactions with each other, and work together to be more anti-sexist, anti-racist, and anti-violent.

Sponsor: The Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC)


Reading God and Torah From a Transgender Perspective: A Talk with Joy Ladin

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: Usdan International Lounge

Description: Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender professor in an Orthodox institution, read from her new book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah From a Transgender Perspective (Brandeis University Press/HBI Series on Jewish Women). Ladin discussed the need for this trans perspective, as well as her process and journey. She is a professor of English at Stern College/Yeshiva University. In a recent interview in Tablet Magazine. Ladin noted that “transgender identities though they may seem ‘new and startling,’ are in fact, according to Ladin, ‘direct descendants of the biblical genesis of gender.’”

Sponsors: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; Near East and Judaic Studies; Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies; JFAB; Keshet; Ruach HaYam


Brandeis Alumni in Nonprofits & Education Meetup

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Location: *Off Campus* - City Year HQ, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116

Description: Alumni! We welcomed you to connect with fellow mission-driven Brandeis alumni in the Boston area at the Brandeis Nonprofit and Education Meetup. This was a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and share advice, connections, and referrals that can help you advance your career. The event began with a panel of Brandeis alumni working in the nonprofit space who discussed their career paths since Brandeis and offered advice for fellow alumni. Following the panel, there was the opportunity to meet and connect with alumni working in diverse fields and functions including: arts and culture, environment, health, housing, human rights, human services, philanthropy, youth and education and more!

Sponsor: Hiatt Career Center


Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life Featuring Su'ad Khabeer

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: SCC Theatre

Description: "Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life" is a one-woman solo performance by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, performance artist and anthropologist. It challenges dominant narratives on race and gender, religion, popular culture and citizenship in the contemporary United States. The central focus of Sampled is a concept she calls “Muslim Cool.” Muslim Cool is a way of being Muslim forged at the intersection of Islam and hip hop. Sampled is based on over seven years of ethnographic research among US Muslims. The performance consists of a series of vignettes which are similar to scenes in a play, although without a linear narrative structure. These vignettes use movement, theater and poetry to share complex stories of Muslim life in the US.

Sponsor: International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life


Friday, February 8

'deis IMPACT College - Critical Race Theory w/ Professor Patrick Sylvain

Time: 9:30am-10:50am

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course traced an intellectual and political history of critical race theory that begins in law classrooms in the 1980s and continues in the 21st century activist strategies of Black Lives Matter movement. We proceeded by reading defining theoretical texts alongside African American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.


'deis IMPACT College - Global Migration w/ Professor Kristen Lucken

Time: 11am-12:20pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course investigated the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic forces that shape global migration. More than 200 million people now live outside their countries of birth. Case studies included Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Africa, and China's internal migration.


'deis IMPACT College - Unequal Histories: Caste, Religion, and Dissent in India w/ Professor Avinash Singh

Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This course examined the religious, political, and social dimensions of discrimination in India. In order to study caste, power, and representation, we looked at religious texts, historical debates, film, and literature from the Vedic Age to contemporary India.


Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) – Our Story: 50 Years of Making a Difference!

Time: 1pm-2:30pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall (Goldfard-Farber Library)

Description: The MKTYP considers itself an index of the importance of social justice at Brandeis. The program engages staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors, and other members of the greater campus community to be active advocates with our scholars to promote our motto of Knowledge, Justice, Excellence. In its essence, the MKTYP is a program of people with amazing stories of great resiliency, academic talent, creativity, and service that enriches the university, nation, and world! This year we celebrated our 50th anniversary as the oldest continuous program of its kind in the country. At this crucial time in our history, we wanted to commemorate our past and present stories while also looking forward to the future. This workshop was a visual presentation and address on the MKTYP’s past and present. Then we opened it up to a panel and dialogue about possible ways to ensure MKTYP’s future and legacy at Brandeis. Messages were framed by commitment to social justice, the milestones of its 50-year history, and recent/anticipated initiatives.

Sponsor: MKTYP


Graduate Student Program: Seeing Finance in 360 w/ Aneil Tripathy

Time: 3pm-4pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: The global financial industry increasingly determines what is built and who gets what in society. However, humanity at large has little knowledge of how this industry operates. This lack of transparency and oversight is a serious social justice concern, most salient in the large-scale foreclosures of the 2008 financial crisis. In this forum the audience experienced what a financial technology innovation hub looks like via film captured on a 360-degree camera, we discussed the lived experience of the financial industry and how we can transform finance to function better for society and the planet. 

Sponsor: Graduate Student Association


Dr. Angela Y. Davis ’65 in conversation with Julieanna L. Richardson ’76, HD ’16

Time: 5pm-6:30pm

Location: Levin Ballroom (Usdan)

Description: Dr. Davis discussed her experiences at Brandeis and the role of black studies in and outside of the academy.

Sponsor: African and African-American Studies (AAAS)

*This event is in partnership with the AAAS 50th Anniversary celebrations.


Social Justice Shabbat Dinner

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Sherman Function Hall

Description: This regularly scheduled Shabbat dinner explored social justice. All were welcome to attend.

Sponsor: Brandeis Hillel


Saturday, February 9

Housing Insecurity in Waltham and Beyond

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: What is a home? Is it an apartment, a house, a street, a neighborhood, a city? What happens when that home is taken from you? We hope you joined Waltham area organizations for a workshop and discussion on issues of gentrification, discrimination, and homelessness both here and elsewhere. People could tell their housing stories and listen to those of others from our community. This workshop discussed the steps we can all take to protect our neighbors’ rights to safe, secure, and affordable housing.

Sponsor: Brandeis SJSP Program


Gentrification: An Unfair Balance of Power in Communities

Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This event featured NYU’s Dr. Diane Wong, whose work is based in the Asian American and immigrant experience. Her current research focuses on intergenerational resistance to gentrification in New York, San Francisco, and Boston Chinatowns. During this event, we had the opportunity to hear about her research, the current situation in Chinatowns across the US, and engage in discussion about what we can do to help.

Sponsor: Brandeis Asian American Student Association


What is an Active Citizen and How Do I Become One?

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: SCC Multipurpose Room

Description: This workshop engaged the Brandeis community to think critically about issues surrounding community engagement through the lens of the Prospect Hill Terrace low-income housing community in Waltham. Beyond the context of Brandeis, this workshop gave participants skills to become active citizens in any future communities of which they may be a part. The skills learned at this workshop will open up a larger conversation about citizenship to be continued in both their personal and professional lives.

Sponsors: Waltham Group; Prospect Hill KId's Club; Kids Connection


“I Want To Go To Jail:” Suffrage Play

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall (Goldfard-Farber Library)

Description: A staged reading of “I want to go to Jail,” a short, original play by Pamela Swing and Elizabeth Dabanka ’20. It is about the last arrests of the American suffragist movement, which took place at the Boston State House on February 24, 1919. In the span of the play, suffragists picket, are arrested and are sent to jail, although their time in prison is cut short in a surprising way. Produced and performed by Brandeis undergraduates. Afterwards, there was a period of reflection with the audience about issues raised by the play.

Sponsors: Women's Studies Research Center, FMLA


'deis IMPACT! 2019 Closing Celebration

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: SCC

Description: Participants celebrated an incredible Social Justice Festival!

Sponsor: 'deis IMPACT!