ENACT student delegates are appointed to foster civic engagement on their college campus and facilitate engagement and interaction with ENACT Ambassadors, students and alumni around the country. In addition, student delegates mentor and collaborate with members of campus clubs to help them become more effective citizen advocates at the state legislative level.
2021-22 Student Delegates
Alison Cantor ’22
Alison Cantor is a senior at Brandeis University. She is majoring in sociology and minoring in social justice, social policy. Alison is passionate about advocacy and community engagement. She hopes to use her major and minor as a foundation toward working in public policy or nonprofit development and communications after she graduates from Brandeis.
As an ENACT delegate, Alison hopes to support other college students who are learning about public policy by connecting them to resources on the ENACT platform. The ENACT platform can be used for students to look at examples of advocacy materials made by past ENACT students.
ENACT Student Delegate and ENACT Alumnus Reflection
ENACT Student Delegate and ENACT Alumnus Alison Cantor ‘22 reflects on her experience as it served as “an eye-opening experience” which helped her develop as “a leader that can support other students interested in the arena of state policy.” As she notes, this experience has motivated her to consider pursuing a career in public policy and a masters’ in public policy. One part of the program that Cantor found particularly fascinating was connecting with fellow students throughout the nation through their ENACT courses and the ENACT Networking Night. Learn more about the ENACT program.
Elaina Pevide ’20
Elaina Pevide is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she built her own major in public policy while pursuing a second major in psychology and a minor in economics. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts, where she now works as the special projects and media coordinator to the city's mayor.
Last fall, Pevide began her work with ENACT as an ENACT Labor Network student fellow, where she got an immersive education in labor policy. She was able to interact with experts from around the country and with a small cohort of other ENACT students passionate about labor issues.
With the ENACT Labor Network, Pevide began her research and advocacy on the Fair Work Week bill well before enrolling in the Enact Advocacy for Policy Change course in the spring. This work inspired her to focus her senior capstone research project on the implications of labor policy on economic outcomes for low-income women and women of color.
Besides her work with ENACT, Pevide is involved with Brandeis' Women's Studies Research Center; volunteers with Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which led the coalition for Fair Work Week legislation; and served as editorial assistant to ENACT Assistant Director David Weinstein in preparing Brandeis' 2020 ENACT Anthology.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of virtual learning, Pevide believes that the ENACT network has never been so important. As this year's ENACT delegate, she hopes to provide opportunities for collaboration and connection between students and faculty across the country.