April 2012

Students23 Apr 2012 02:40 pm

Come join us for Occupy Brandeis: The Great Teach-In on the Great Lawn


Tuesday, April 24th, 2012




The teach-in is an opportunity to hear from many exceptional activists–student, faculty, and others. Speakers include Brandeis Professors and President Fred Lawrence!



(rain location: Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)

Professors03 Apr 2012 05:39 pm

Bruce Link is a Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. His interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology. He has written on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. He is the director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, the director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention and a director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University. He received the Pearlin Career Award from the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association in 2002. His work has appeared in a wide array of journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The Event wil be held: Friday April 6th at 12PM in Sociology Room 241, 96-100 Cummington Street in Boston, MA

Department News and Events02 Apr 2012 05:38 pm

December, 2011.  Two Waltham nonprofit organizations have been awarded $5,000 grants by undergraduate students studying philanthropy at Brandeis University. The grants were awarded after a rigorous competitive process that mirrored the work of a grantmaking foundation. At the beginning of the semester, the students in the course Social Justice and Philanthropy chose homelessness and afterschool education as their funding priorities.

After reviewing multiple applications, conducting site visits, and debating merits of each applicant, students selected the grantees. “The decision-making was grueling,” said Adjunct Lecturer Rebecca Riccio. “They had tremendous respect for all of the organizations that applied for a grant, but could only select two. Their limited resources in the face of so many needs gave them a deep sense of responsibility for making a good decision.” The students chose Community Day Center of Waltham and the Waltham Boys and Girls Club.

Brandeis offers experiential philanthropy courses to help students understand the complex role of charitable giving in the United States. The undergraduate course is housed in the sociology department; a similar course will be offered to graduate students in the Heller School in the spring. “Philanthropy is tied to critical social, economic, cultural, and political issues in American society,” explained Andy Hahn, Executive Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. “We believe that the lessons students learn by practicing philanthropy now will carry over into their personal, civic, and professional lives.”

Funding for the undergraduate course was provided by the Learning By Giving Foundation, which supports the development of next generation philanthropists, community leaders, and social change agents. The Foundation makes grants of $10,000 to colleges offering full credit, academically rigorous philanthropy courses that combine theory with the practice of philanthropy. The courses are taught in a wide variety of academic disciplines that provide a framework for understanding the role of philanthropy in achieving lasting social change. Students are given full responsibility for deciding how to invest this funding in local nonprofit organizations that are addressing important community needs. The courses teach students how to make strategic philanthropic decisions that will have lasting social impact. The beneficiaries of the Foundation’s grant program are not only the students, who gain invaluable knowledge, skills, and new perspectives, but also the communities and those served by the nonprofit organizations that receive the funding.

The students will celebrate their philanthropy with staff from the Community Day Center and Boys and Girls Club on Monday, December 12.