Events open to all.


MLK Jr. Memorial “…Inspiring Black Girl Magic”
January 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm | Shapiro Campus Center Theater (Doors open at 6 pm)

When the words of a dream are manifested and the hopes of that vision are realized, we must hold ourselves accountable for impact shared with the world as a result. The words of Dr. King continue to inspire and ring of aspirational humanity.  In this 12th memorializing of Dr. King, we respond to the call for harmony in the world. Seating available starting at 6 pm. Please arrive early as seats fill up quickly.
Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office
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‘DEIS IMPACT: Assessing Occupational Exposure in Black Hair Salons
January 30, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Relaxers, hair dyes, Brazilian Blowout, press and curl. How do these procedures affect the health of black women? Join students from the Environmental Health and Justice JBS Program of Fall 2015 as they present their findings from a study on the health and environmental effects of chemicals used in black hair salons in the Boston area. Discover the connection between social justice and environmental health.
For more information: Annie Fortnow:
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department
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‘DEIS IMPACT: Defying Expectations: Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar
February 1, 2017 | 4 – 6:00 pm | Sherman Function Hall

Chess is one of the world’s oldest games and is played in almost every culture. In spite of its far reach, it remains incredibly gender exclusive. Join us as we host Grandmaster Susan Polgar, one of the strongest chess players of the past 50 years and the first woman to earn the Grandmaster title through tournament play. She will speak about her experience as a woman winning her way to the top of a male-dominated, prejudicial game, and her educational efforts with young girls. She will also engage in a Q&A and play a game of chess against five lucky members of the audience.
For more information: Joe
Sponsored by the Brandeis Chess Club and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
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Alumni of Color (AOC) Reception
February 11 2017 | TBD
In conjunction with the 2nd Annual ‘Deisversity Conference, the AOC Board is hosting a Blue and White Gala which will include networking, possible awards and acknowledgements, and a “reverse fair” with student clubs and organizations.
Sponsored by the Alumni of Color Committee (AOC) and the Office of Alumni Relations
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2nd Annual Brandeis ‘Deisversity Conference
February 11, 2017 | 10 am – 4:30 pm | Shapiro Campus Center; Shapiro Campus Center Theater; Hassenfeld Conference Center

We are on a mission to challenge the current generation of leaders and create a forum to discuss the relevant issues and topics that affect students. It aims to foster multifaceted discussions that incorporate, but are not limited to, the influence of race, gender, and background. Ultimately, we hope that the conference allows students to recognize the complex problems of today, empowers them with knowledge to instill a sense of importance in these issues, and motivates them to be the waves of change in their respective communities.
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Unapologetically Black
February 11, 2017
Unapologetically Black Culture Show | 7:00pm | Levin Ball Room
Annual BBSO Ball | 10:00 pm- 2:00 am | Shapiro Science Center Atrium

Unapologetically Black is a culture show intended to celebrate, acknowledge, and uplift the existence of Black lives and culture on Brandeis’ campus, in the United States, and the world. The show consists of a Brandeis’ TOXIC performance (majorette dance group), Brandeis PLATINUM performance (Step Team), three short scenes revolving around blackness written by the director of the show (Senior Ashley Simmons ’17). The show includes Spoken Word performer and Jazz performance, a Fashion/Hair show and concludes with Soul Food being served to attendees. Followed by the Annual BBSO Ball.
Sponsored by BBSO and the Intercultural Center (ICC)
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My Hair, My Workplace
March 20, 2017 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Swig Lounge (ICC)

Join the Hiatt Career Center and Intercultural Center to facilitate a conversation around the discrimination of natural hair among men and women of color in the workplace. We tackle topics such as what it means to be professional, the status quo in society, and different hair styles for the workplace. Special guests from Boston Naturals will be joining the discussion. Light refreshments served.
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Co-sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center and the Intercultural Center (ICC)


Joann Lublin, Wall Street Journal
March 2, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Rapaporte Treasure Hall/Goldfarb Library

Join Joann Lublin, Management News Editor of the Wall Street Journal – – as she discusses her new book: Earning It: Hard Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. Copies of her book available for purchase. Contact: Barbara Cassidy, Associate Director, Centers and Initiatives at or 781-736-8351 for more information.
Sponsored by The Perlmutter Institute of Global Business Leadership at Brandeis International Business School, WGS, Heller School
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The Curious Cases of Gay Racism
Chong-suk Han, Middlebury College
13th Annual Roosevelt Lecture

March 13, 2017 | 4:00 pm | Alumni Lounge, Usdan

An exploration of gay Asian-American men who have been marginalized with the gay community as well as American society on the whole. Professor Han discusses his research based on ethnographic observation, interviews and reading of current cultural depictions of Asian Americans in a new take on race and sexuality in America.
Sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
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Advancement: What Does It Take?
March 15, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Mandel Auditorium

A panel part of the Leading in the Era of Diversity course (WGS/IBS) and includes three senior executive women from Massachusetts companies. The goal of the conversation is to discuss leadership strategies used to advance oneself and others in the workplace.

Wendy Foster, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jean Yang, Executive Director of Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization
Yalonda Howze, Equity Partner, Mintz Levin

2017 WGS Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman
The Black Ecstatic: On Losing and Black Queer Possibility
April 4, 2017 | 3:30 pm | Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
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Cultural Inclusion and Leadership in Today’s Workforce
Dena Samuels ’87
April 4, 2017 | 12 – 1 pm | Online

The challenges of creating cultural inclusiveness and equity require a willingness to consider our own biases, and a commitment to learning what we don’t know we don’t know. In this presentation, Dena Samuels ’87 will help attendees to reflect on ourselves, our environments, and our practices to increase effectiveness in creating a work environment where all members feels like they belong.

All members of the Brandeis community are welcome to attend this webinar, sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University. For your convenience, all webinars are archived online for viewing 24-7.

For more information, contact Alexandra Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement: / 781-736-3623

Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis University
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25th Anniversary Celebration of the Intercultural Center
April 28 + 29, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Rapaporte Treasure Hall/Goldfarb Library

Friday: Welcome reception, 7 -9 pm.
Saturday: A tour of the Gender & Sexuality Center, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Janice Johnson Dias (class of ‘94), co-creator of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), a health advocacy organization that develops, scales, and funds community health initiatives for impoverished women and girls. Later, a panel discussion featuring members of the Push Committee, the founders of the ICC.  ICC’s annual cultural showcase, Culture X,  at Levin Ballroom, 7 pm. An evening social to follow.

RSVP here by Friday, March 31, 2017. More questions? Please contact