The hero: Kira Levin, Brandeis University ’17
Majors: International and Global Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology.
Whose hero? Heather Spector, Brandeis University ’17, Vice Chair of ‘DEIS Impact
Kira Levin is one of my social justice heroes. I chose to interview Kira because I’ve noticed that she does so much that benefits our community. Between organizing Kindness Day, CAing first-year residents, working with the Ethics Center, and raising awareness about malaria, Kira truly is important to the Brandeis campus.
I asked Kira if she remembered the first time she felt inspired to improve the world. She remembered that she was in a history class in high school, learning about imperialism. She was disturbed by the concept, and asked her teacher what made imperialism okay. The teacher expressed that there is not a moral answer to that question and that imperialism involves injustice.
Kira took her concern for others and injustice to the next level. She was devoted to going to Africa to help others in need. Eventually, her persistence and passion led her to Tanzania to teach English and volunteer after her sophomore year in high school. Her passion to help others and ambition to improve the world is innate. She acts on her natural instinct to help others and is truly an asset to whatever community she is in.
Kira explained that social justice is, in a broad sense, helping others. This could involve helping others locally or globally, both being important towards building a more just society. I saw that whenever Kira helps people, she puts all of her efforts into it. At Brandeis, she has worked with the Nothing But Nets Campaign, which is part of the UN Foundation to fundraise and raise awareness about the importance of malaria prevention, specifically the use of bed nets. In addition, this is her second year Co-Coordinating Kindness Day. Kindness Day is about embracing something that Brandeisians often already do, go out of their way to be kind.
Kira appreciates that ‘DEIS Impact encourages people to learn more about social injustices in the world and enables people to put their passions in the context of social justice. Kira participated in the Brandeis Social Justice Pre-Orientation and loved seeing the people in the program find their place at Brandeis and advocating for what was meaningful to them. Kira is a fantastic and inspiring person everyone can learn from. I’m so grateful to know her and Brandeis is lucky to have her!