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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 14, 2018
Grantee: Arlett Marquez
Education and sociology professor Derron Wallace speaks about his academic journey and the current classes he teaches.
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.
November 8, 2018
Grantee: Steven Hightower
A Brandeis Black Student Organization event to showcase black art and culture.
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.
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.
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.
Grantee: Candace Jiang
Grantee: Ryan Mishler
A talk by Kate Bornstein, an American author, playwright, performance artist, actress and gender theorist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 O.school, a program that teaches how to reclaim sex and pleasure after undergoing trauma.
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.
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.
Grantees: Jamie Lee and Crystal Leung