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Recent News

Fall in Love with Soc, SJSP, & PAX

February 12, 2020

Upcoming! Come meet the Undergraduate Department Representatives for three amazing programs. We're here to answer questions about academic planning, careers, and more! Meet faculty, staff, and graduate students and enjoy a DIY Waffle Bar!

Brandeis Latinx Student Organization Immigration Teach-In 

September 26, 2019

Join The Right to Immigration Institute, Professor Elizabeth Ferry, and Amelia Gonzalez Pinal to learn about topics: How Immigration Works, US & Latin America Relations, Migration Trends, & Experiences at the Tijuana Border.
September 26th, ICC Swig Lounge, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Fall Fest with Soc, SJSP, and PAX

September 18, 2019

Soc, SJSP, and PAX hosted our semi-annual Meet the Majors/Minors event. Students, faculty, and staff gathered to enjoyed apple cider donuts and apple cider, while enjoying trivia and each other.
Annual Present and Defend

May 1, 2019

Students in the ENACT course, Advocacy for Policy Change, taught by SJSP Chair, Melissa Stimell, learned how to work with community organizations, state legislators and legislative staff members to advance policy. Bringing everything together, on May 1st, students gave brief oral presentations of their legislative advocacy projects and responded to questions from audience members. Students worked on legislation pertains to topics of immigration, healthcare accessibility, environmental action, juvenile justice, and workplace relations.
'deisIMPACT: "From Protest to Politics" with Cori Bush

February 5, 2019

Image of Cori, Gordie, Dave, and ZosiaPAX UDR, Zosia Busé, in collaboration with Professor Gordie Fellman, brought Cori Bush from the Truth Telling Project to speak during 'deisIMPACT Festival of Social Justice. Pastor Cori spoke of about her journey in the struggle to end police violence and resourcedeprivation in St.Louis/Ferguson area. The movement in Ferguson, not only changed St.Louis, but it became the lens through which most people came to see Black struggle in the current era.  Pastor Cori came to the protest to support the physical and mental well being of activist and never left, seeing that the men in power were did not have concern for people's interest. Pastor Cori also saw a few Black women speaking out and even less being listened to. For her, the protests were and remain important but the work evolved into more venues to make change.

This event was co-sponsored by the Karpf-Hahn Grant and the Student Union.

UDR Voter Registration Drive

Students gathering around table

The SOC, SJSP, and PAX UDRs organized a voter registration and absentee ballot drive in the SCC Atrium. With the incredible turnout, they hosted two more drives throughout the month. With the help of some great volunteers, they were able to register over 100 people to vote or get absentee ballots. Read an article by the Justice to learn more about the event!

The Right to Immigration Institute featured in the Boston Globe

May 3, 2018

Jon and VictoriaJonathan Goldman '19  and Victoria St. Jean '19, founders of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), were featured in the Boston Globe. TRII provides pro bono legal services, immigration overview classes, and workshops about immigration-related issues. By training undergraduate law students to become accredited by the Department of Justice, the organization aims to ensure that no one must face the immigration process alone. Jonathan and Victoria were Meehan Social Justice-In-Action Grant 2017 awardees. Read the full Globe article.
Cap and Gown Donation Project

March 29, 2018

Caps and Gowns

The Sociology Department wants your gently used cap & gowns, to be recycled & reused by students of the Class of '19 (and beyond).

After commencement, please bring your regalia to Pearlman 206 (second floor of the building across from the Library) and put your cap & gown in the designated box outside of the office.

If you’re looking for a cap & gown, contact Cheryl Hansen or stop by Pearlman 206.

Past Events

Filmmaker Mickey Lemle '69 - The Last Dalai Lama

September 17, 2017

A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, featuring interviews with his family and the people he has inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.

International justice: Brandeis students do legal work abroad in The Hague

July 28, 2017

Hague Peace PalaceCheck out the BrandeisNOW article featuring Melissa Stimell (SJSP Chair) and Richard Gaskins (SJSP Steering Committee) and their students studying at The Hague.

Panelists provide insight into the future of healthcare

May 2, 2017

From The Justice
White Ribbon Day

March 1, 2017

Designed especially with men in mind, this was created by Canadian men in 1991 on the anniversary of a massacre of women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out and take a Pledge to help end violence against women.

SJSP Statement of Solidarity with #FordHall2015

November 23, 2015

The Program in Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) stands in solidarity with the students who peacefully occupy the office of the University President. The mission of SJSP is to develop effective social policies and encourage students to advocate for change. SJSP seeks to teach students to

"Rigorously engage with core questions of liberty, equality, and justice

Interrogate the historical, structural, and cultural contexts that shape the dynamics of discrimination and inequality in a range of institutions

Clearly communicate theories, analyses, and policy solutions, both orally and in writing

Apply generalized principles to a range of real-world issues and settings

Deploy analytic frameworks and tools to develop effective policy approaches to specific social problems

Adeptly consider and respond to objections to proposed policy solutions

Collaborate with ...communities to develop policy strategies that address pressing issues" University Bulletin.

How can we demand these educational commitments for our students and not of ourselves? Our students are now taking the lead. These are the leaders of the next generation. It is our responsibility as faculty to support the peaceful demonstration and encourage the dialogue by which they seek change.

Activism from Vietnam to Palestine with Noam Chomsky

April 23, 2015

Co-sponsored by Sociology and Peace, Coexistence and Conflict Studies