Language and Cultural Enrichment

Program Coordinators
Leila Small
Tony Consentino
Emily Farbowitz
Kyla Parks
Matt Colbert
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Language and Culture Enrichment (LaCE) brings English Language Learner students from the local Waltham middle schools, Kennedy and McDevitt, to Brandeis from 3–5 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Volunteers spend the first hour with the middle school students doing a fun and educational group activity and the second hour with their individual tutees doing homework.

Mission Statement

LaCE (Language and Cultural Enrichment) is an after-school mentoring and tutoring program that provides local middle school students who are enrolled in English Language Learner classes the opportunity to get homework help, practice their English in a safe environment, and form connections with Brandeis University undergraduate students. Our goal is to celebrate our unique cultures, appreciate different languages, and embrace individuality.

Program Details

  • Population Served: Youth in grades 6-8

  • Community PartnersKennedy Middle School and McDevitt Middle School

  • Transportation: After school on Thursdays, a bus supervised by Brandeis students picks up students at Kennedy and McDevitt and brings them to the Brandeis campus. At the end of the program the bus brings the students to various drop-off locations in Waltham.

  • How to Participate:

    • Kennedy and McDevitt Middle School Students – Contact your guidance counselor or ELL teacher

    • Brandeis Students – Email the program coordinators

  • Volunteer Time Commitment: Two hours per week on Thursdays from 3–5 p.m