Past Recipients

Spring 2019

Brandeis Sodexo Experience: An Ethnographic Film

May 3, 2019

Grantee: Candice Jiang 

A screening of Candice Jiang's short film about Brandeis Sodexo employees' working experiences and struggles, followed by a brief Q&A.

Learn About ELLi

May 1, 2019

Grantee: Julia Kenneally 

An outreach event for the English Learning Initiative, which provides English tutoring for Brandeis Sodexo workers and other interested employees. 

Film Festival: Documenting the Immigrant Experience

April 30, 2019

Grantees: Sarah Terrazano and Jenny Alexander 

A film festival featuring short documentaries made by students in the class Documenting the Immigrant Experience (CAST 170a). Each work was based on the experiences of an individual from the Muslim immigrant community.

Sankofa African Dance Team: Remembering Your roots

April 13, 2019

Grantees: Vennesa Duodu and Ruth Adade 

An initiative to support the Sankofa African Dance team's performance at Culture X's 20th anniversary show, "From the Roots to Leaves: Grounded in Our Histories."

BINCA Book Project Celebration

April 11, 2019

Grantees: Gabriel Fontes and Aicha Tavares 

Benefiting Organization: Boston International Newcomers Academy

A celebration of  the achievements of young Boston International Newcomers Academy scholars whose efforts helped build a new multicultural and multilingual library at this Boston public school catering to immigrant English language learners and their families. 

LatinXtreme at 2019 Toxic Showcase

April 6, 2019

Grantee: Viviana Santana-Perez 

Performances of tradition-inspired dances by LatinXtreme, Brandeis Latinx Student Organization's dance group, at the 2019 Toxic Showcase. 

Peace, Love and Soul Train

April 6, 2019

Grantee: Brandy Caldwell 

This year's Toxic Showcase theme, "Peace, Love and Soul Train" pays homage to "Soul Train," the syndicated music-dance television program that enjoyed a 35-year run and featured performances by such stars as The Jackson 5, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Destiny's Child and hundreds more.

AYALA: Matahari (Featuring D-trix)

March 29, 2019

Grantees: Allison Tien and Jennifer Taufan
Benefiting Organization: Burma Task Force

This year's cultural show of the South East Asia Club had the theme "Matahari" — Indonesian for "sun" — to signify a brighter tomorrow for the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. Special guest performer was dancer and YouTube personality D-trix.

2019 APAHM Film Festival: 'Dream Come True'

March 23, 2019

Grantee: Jennifer Taufan
Benefiting Organization: National Immigration Forum

The 2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival showcased films that highlight the themes of love, family and culture in the lives of Asian Americans.

Formosa 2019: 'Love Formosa'

March 16, 2019

Grantee: Jiaao Gong

A cultural show designed to highlight how Taiwanese Americans fit into today's society. The performance showcased both traditional and contemporary Taiwan art and performances.

Let’s Dance! An International Evening of Dance

March 10, 2019

Grantees: Gabriela Giordano and Irina Dubinina

An evening of dancing and fun for all members of the Brandeis community, featuring performances by various campus dance groups, brief dance lessons, international dance music and various languages studied and spoken at Brandeis.

Fall 2018

Flawless: More Than a Single Story

November 16, 2018

Grantees: Geraldine Bogard and Selena Deane

A coffeehouse event celebrating this year's issue of Ebony Axis, a community journal that features the creative work of self-identifying black women in the Brandeis community.

Professor Derron Wallace Teach-In

November 14, 2018

Grantee: Arlett Marquez

Education and sociology professor Derron Wallace speaks about his academic journey and the current classes he teaches.

LatinXtreme at Night for Africa

November 10, 2018

Grantees: Arlenys Reyes and Carmen Lopez-Landaverde

LatinXtreme, the Brandeis Latinx Student Organization's dance team, will perform at Night for Africa, an evening of music, poetry, fashion and food dedicated to showcasing all cultures of the African diaspora and continent.

BBSO's Issa Vibe

November 8, 2018

Grantee: Steven Hightower

A Brandeis Black Student Organization event to showcase black art and culture.

Toxic Majorette Dance Line: Pick Your Poison

October 20, 2018

Grantees: Brandy Caldwell and Tiffanie Buchanan

Toxic Majorette Dance Line celebrates various dance forms, such as ballet, African dance, hip-hop and more, that have inspired and given majorette dance its unique style.

TSA Night Market

October 13, 2018

Grantees: Victoria Zhao and Qingtian Mei

Take a stroll through Fellows Garden to see the colorful blinking lights and smell the aroma of more cultural foods than one could imagine.

Black, Latinx, Caribbean Study Abroad Social

October 4, 2018

Grantees: Imani Islam and Arlett Marquez

Students of color who have studied abroad will share their experience and answer questions, followed by a discussion on how the study abroad office can better cater to and inform students of color about such opportunities.

Documentary Film on Restaurant Labor

Grantee: Candace Jiang

Kate Bornstein Speaking Engagement

Grantee: Ryan Mishler

A talk by Kate Bornstein, an American author, playwright, performance artist, actress and gender theorist.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

October 4, 2018

Grantees: Ingrid Schorr and Ellen Smith

This exhibition, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, includes artifacts, video and photographs that explore Leonard Bernstein's life, music, Jewish identity and social activism. Additional materials from University Archives and Special Collections will document Bernstein’s time at Brandeis as a member of the music faculty and the board of trustees.

Spring 2018

English Language Learning Initiative End-of-Year Celebration

April 27, 2018

Grantees: Rebecca Chen and Helena Voltmer

An event to honor the English Language Learning Initiative tutors and their students, and to promote the club's mission of building bridges between facilities and dining hall employees through English language instruction.

Brandeis at the Border

April 18, 2018

Grantees: Ariana Keigan and Olivia Nichols

Brandeis students share stories of their February 2018 visit to the U.S-Mexico border, facilitated by Borderlinks. During their visit, the students met with migrants who had crossed into the U.S., saw the extreme militarization at the border, did water drops in the desert, learned about Operation Streamline, visited migrants in detention centers and crossed over the border into Mexico.

Take Back the Night

April 12, 2018

Grantees: Ashley Loc and Hannah Baker-Lerner

A walk across campus designed to raise awareness of sexual violence and to allow survivors of violence to regain control over their stories by sharing them in a safe space.

K-Nite Idol School

March 29, 2018

Grantee: Nicole Kim

Brandeis Korean Student Association's biggest event of the year, featuring Taekwondo, traditional Korean martial arts, fan dance, traditional Korean dance, KPop dances and songs and a Korean dinner.

Dos and Don'ts of Drag

March 28, 2018

Grantees: Chelsea Lafrance and Amelie deCirfontaine

Recipients will hold a discussion that will focus on drag practices that contribute to the marginalization of certain groups and proper performance etiquette, followed by a peer-led workshop on drag makeup.


March 24, 2018

Grantees: Alice Gong and Carmen Huang

Ayala, the Southeast Asia Club's annual charity show, will feature performances by on- and off-campus groups, including special guest The JRod Twins.

Formosa 2018

March 10, 2018

Grantees: Alvin Liu and Greg Hsu

A game show to include performances by Rather Be Giraffes, Voices of Soul, KAOS Kids and JunShu & Co., a Berklee College of Music band. Dinner to follow.

little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo Play by Misty De Berry

March 8, 2018

Recipient: Tara Whitehurst

A performance poem spanning from the Antebellum South to present-day Chicago, "little sister" — written and performed by Northwestern University graduate student Misty De Berry — tells the story of a nomadic spirit who shape-shifts through the memories and imaginings of her sister, the narrator. The show witnesses and disrupts the legacy of violence in the lives of queer black women through a trans-temporal navigation of everyday encounters within familial, small groups and intimate partner spaces.

Modern Slavery and Trafficking: A Survivor's Story

February 8, 2018

Grantee: Anna Stern

Hear from a survivor of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and learn what you can do to help stop it. Part of 'deis IMPACT!, Brandeis' weeklong festival of social justice.

This Is Only the Beginning, Not the End

February 9, 2018

Grantees: Yiyi Wu and Johnstone Tcheou

Zi’en Cui (崔⼦恩), a Chinese director, producer, author and pioneering LGBTQ+ activist, will screen his 2008 documentary about homosexuality in China, "Queer China, 'Comrade' China," and lead a discussion about intersectionality, queer culture and international activism.

Brandeis Community Dance Project

Grantees: Hannah Schuster and Brooke Granovsky

Working in conjunction with the Office of the Arts, we are creating a campuswide dance video that will showcase many of the approximately 20 dance groups on campus. The video will feature multiple songs, inculding portions of an instrumental rendition of "West Side Story," performed by the Brandeis orchestra, plus contemporary tracks.

Fall 2017

JFAB Scholar in Residence Lesley Sachs

December 3, 2017

Grantee: Laura Katz

A talk by Lesley Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, an organization leading the fight for women to wear prayer shawls, pray out loud and read from the Torah collectively at the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Sponsored by the Jewish Feminist Association of Brandeis.

LatinXtreme at Night for Africa

November 11, 2017

Grantees: Arlenys Reyes and Abdiel Cabral

To support the performance of LatinXtreme at the seventh annual Night for Africa cultural show, sponsored by the Brandeis African Students Organization.

Rebelle Dance Team at Night for Africa

November 11, 2017

Grantees: Linda Forrester and Fatoumata Diaboula

To support the performance of the Rebelle Afro-Caribbean dance team at the seventh annual Night for Africa cultural show, sponsored by the Brandeis African Students Organization.

Latinx Heritage Month: Walk en el Pasado

November 9, 2017

Grantees: Karina Meythaler and Carmen Lopez-Landaverde

A photographic exhibition and discussion by the Brandeis Latinx Student Organization designed to educate the community about the obstacles faced by Latinx students on campus and beyond.

Nasser Nawaj'ah: Susya, Demolition and Annexation

Grantees: Talya Guenzburger and Sivan Ben-Hayun

Nasser Nawaj’ah, a Palestinian field researcher and community organizer for the Israeli human rights organization B'tselem, will discuss ways the international community can join the fight for peace, justice and human rights in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs

November 2, 2017

Grantees: Johnstone Tcheou and Danni Tang

A documentary viewing of the story of Grace Lee Boggs, a Detroit-based, Chinese American woman who fought for civil rights, feminism and Asian American activism, among other causes during the civil rights era. A discussion will follow on the story's relevance to the Brandeis community, especially regarding intersectionality and interracial solidarity. 

Black Is Weekend: Issa Vibe Night

November 2, 2017

Grantees: Myles Porter and Maegann Stafford

This Brandeis Black Student Organization will celebrate and showcase the work of black artists on campus. Featuring poetry readings, visual art and singing performances.

Healing, Pleasure and Sex After Trauma

October 26, 2017

Grantees: Hannah Baker-Lerner and Olivia Pavao

Sarah Brynn Holliday, a queer femme feminist sex blogger and educator, will lead a workshop on, a program that teaches how to reclaim sex and pleasure after undergoing trauma.

Ebony Axis Third Annual Celebration

October 23, 2017

Grantee: LaShawn Simmons

Celebrating the achievements of Ebony Axis, a literary magazine featuring the poetry, prose and artwork of black women on campus. There will be food, self-care activities, music and performances.

Night Market

October 7, 2017

Grantee: Vanessa Sun 

Take a walk through the streets of Taiwan and sample the enticing cuisine at Night Market, the Taiwanese Student Association's biggest event of the year.

Success of Minorities in the Professional World

Grantees: Jamie Lee and Crystal Leung