Brandeis ENACT Course Holds Annual "Present and Defend"

May 1, 2017

On May 1, students in the ENACT course at Brandeis taught by ENACT Academic Director Melissa Stimell engaged in their annual "Present and Defend" session. Students presented their views and research on Massachusetts state bills to legislators and community leaders. 

The bills included the following: An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses, The Safe Communities Act, The Electronic Privacy Act, An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, An Act Decriminalizing Non-Violent and Verbal Student Misconduct, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, An Act Providing Access to Higher Education for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth, An Act Establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, An Act to Protect Confidential Health Care, An Act Creating a Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness, and An Act to increase access to children’s mental health services in the community.

Learn more about the students' work on these bills when the 2017 Brandeis Advocacy Anthology comes out this Fall. To see previous anthologies, including the most recent one, click here (and see sidebar). See the 2016 Anthology here.


2016 anthology


ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Students enrolled in courses taught by ENACT faculty fellows at colleges and universities in or near state capitals around the country are learning how to work with advocacy organizations, legislators and legislative staff members to advance policy. For more information, visit