Building cross-cultural dialogue during COVID: As our nation experiences the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism, it is now more important than ever for individuals of different identities to come together to have conversations and to build community. Through offering weekly meetings and monthly events, Brandeis Bridges hopes to bridge the gap between Black and Jewish Students on our campus by providing a space for conversations about race, identity, and religion.
Birth doula training and podcast: Michala will be using this grant to embark on a journey through the The National Black Doula Association to receive multiple doula certifications. Michala will create a podcast to document the journey, while simultaneously spreading awareness, education, joy, and affirmation into the listening community of Brandeis and beyond.
Cultural Genocide: Leon will launch an online panel raising the Brandeis community's awareness on the cultural genocide occuring in Xinjiang, China. This event will serve as an in-depth analysis of the atrocities committed on Uyghurs, an empowerment of Uyghur voices, and a call to political action. Online panel: Friday November 13th, 2:00-4:00 pm ET Zoom link
Theory to Practice: Community Dispute Settlement Center’s conflict skills workshops aim to develop the tools necessary to embrace cooperation over confrontation. Angelique will bring her new learnings to The Heller School community at Brandeis. Her hope is that future COEX students will benefit from what is learned during this mediation training and that they will have the opportunity to bridge the gap between conflict resolution theory and practice.
will travel to Los Angeles over the 2020 February Break. They will engage in meaningful
dialogues regarding race and religion during their trip.
This organization will participate in a seven-day trip to Honduras where they will empower rural Honduran communities by providing legal resources and raising awareness on human rights.
Ellie and Oona seek to implement an educational and intersectional series of events and outreach programming between the various ethnic, cultural, and religious groups at Brandeis.
Olivia will be attending the Ayni Institute's Seeds Program: Reclaiming Relationships with Mother Earth, Community, and Ancestors. The purpose of the program is to support local community members in reclaiming their identity; learning and reflecting on what it means to have reciprocity in our families, communities and in our leadership; and developing our relationship to Mother Earth.
Through the student leadership fellowships, twelve undergraduate Brandeis Bridges fellows will travel to Marrakech, Casablanca, and Essaouira in Morocco over the 2019 February Break. They will engage in meaningful dialogues regarding race and religion during their trip.
Olivia will attend the “Artist as Citizen Conference” in Summer 2019 and apply what she learns to the Brandeis community by collaborating with CAST and PAX programs to help create a space that encourages the intersection of creativity, activism, and peace.
Alondra will participate in a Social Justice Immersion Trip at the US-Mexican border during February break coordinated by Brandeis and non-profit, Borderlinks. She is excited to learn more about immigration reform. Alondra is a Business major with minors in HSSP and WGS.
Five Black and five Jewish student fellows will attend a ten-day trip over February break to Chicago, IL and Montreal, Canada to explore Black and Jewish culture.
Doron and Lina will create a Facebook page called, “Hebrew in a Minute” that offers Hebrew lessons to Palestinians through interactive content to increase communication and understanding between Palestinians and Jews in Israel. Even though Arabs are required to learn Hebrew in school, they are unable to speak it fluently. Doron is IGS and Business double major and Lina is a Computer Science major with a minor in Business.
Emily will attend a 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) training at Eastern Mennonite University, where she will learn how to recognize trauma responses, break cycles of violence and victimization, and work toward healing on individual, societal, and community levels. She will share her learning with the Brandeis community during Spring 2018. She is pursuing a dual M.A. in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School.
Shoshi will attend the 4th Annual Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Muslim Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference to learn more about how to build bridges between Muslim and Jewish women. She will also create an Abrahamic Interfaith Scriptural Reasoning group at Brandeis to strengthen the connections between the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Shoshi is a Psychology major.
Through the student leadership fellowship, members will embark on a ten-day trip over February break to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The fellowship allows students to build deep and meaningful conversations with one another over issues of race and identity.
Gliberto is traveling to La Vega, Bonao, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic to photograph communities and visually show the effects that colonialism had in those regions. These images will eventually become a photo book of the current issues affecting Caribbean countries as a result of colonialism.
Global Brigades will be funding resources for a children's library in Honduras to help teach topics such as the value of investments, the reciprocal nature of helping community members, and common responsibilities in order to take control of their economic future.
Jessica’s project will be an ensemble production of six to eight students that highlights the personal and social costs of non-violent protest, with the intention of performing this piece for the Brandeis community.
Marcelo will curate an exhibition in Hanoi, Vietnam to showcase between sixteen and eighteen of the paintings and posters that his grandfather Rene Mederos created during his two visits to Vietnam. He is also featuring a number of contemporary Vietnamese artists whose works will be showcased at the exhibition.
Matt will be attending the Sustainable Water Management Conference and will then use his experience as inspiration to curate the Second Annual Climate Change Art Exhibition, an event bringing together student artists of diverse artistic mediums to create pieces reflecting on climate change and its impact.