Below are some other departments, institutions, offices, and initiatives at Brandeis that pursue social justice and have relationships with ARC.

Brandeis Institutions and Offices

Department of Community Service

The Department of Community Service is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff with relevant volunteer experiences that match the needs of our neighbors, as well as the skills and interests of our student volunteers. The department seeks to establish sustainable and recipro
cal partnerships with local social service, governmental, educational and cultural agencies as we advise and support community service initiatives.
Our endeavors include fostering a community member who is civically engaged as an advocate, volunteer and educated citizen. We strive to embody the pillars of the university and core values of the Division of Student Affairs through experiential service opportunities, collaboration with the academy and intentional reflection.

Lucas Malo

Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice
Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School has been committed to developing new knowledge and insights in the field of social policy and in health and human services management. The Heller School is unique in its approach to the field of social policy. The school meshes interdisciplinary policy studies with practical skills. By joining these two critical elements, Heller graduates are better prepared for a fulfilling career in finding solutions to society's most pressing social problems.

Hiatt Career Center

The Hiatt Career Center prepares students and alumni to develop the skills to transform their unique backgrounds, liberal arts education and experiential learning into meaningful professional futures and relationships.

Usdan Student Center, first floor
Telephone: +1(781) 736-3618

International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life

The mission of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life is to develop effective responses to conflict and injustice by offering innovative approaches to coexistence, strengthening the work of international courts, and encouraging ethical practice in civic and professional life.
In addition to overseeing the Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society and the Sorensen Fellowship, the Center houses the Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, which generates and disseminates knowledge useful to practitioners of coexistence and related fields, and engages students and other members of the larger Brandeis community in the theory and practice of coexistence.
Become a fan of the Center's Facebook page. Follow the Center on Twitter: @EthicsBrandeis.
Abraham Shapiro Academic Center (ASAC) | 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453 | (781) 736-8577

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

The Schuster Institute is the nation’s first investigative reporting center based at a university, was launched in September 2004 to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism—and to counter the increasing corporate control of what Americans read, see, and hear.
Our goals:
  • investigate significant social and political problems; and
  • uncover corporate and government abuses of power.
Our work is focused largely on three projects:
Media criticism—holding the profession of journalism accountable for what is, and is not, reported—is another essential part of the Institute’s work.
By being housed within a university, the Institute is firmly placed within an academic tradition that honors freedom of inquiry—and that offers independence from the government influence and corporate control that too often undercut today’s media. Brandeis University, with its longstanding dedication to social justice, human rights, and the pursuit of truth wherever that might lead, is an ideal host.
Goldfarb 69-19, MS 043 | 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453 | (781) 736-4953

Waltham Group

The Waltham Group, founded in 1966, is a volunteer community service organization at Brandeis University. Hundreds of student volunteers participate in outreach programs on campus and throughout the greater Waltham and Boston communities. Through its tutorial, recreational, mentoring and other programs, the Waltham Group responds to the needs of children and adults in the community and is a center for service and advocacy. The Waltham Group provides students with a meaningful volunteer and educational experience that reaches beyond the university classroom.

Affiliated with the Department of Community Service

Staff: Lucas Malo
Steering Committee:

Women's Studies Research Center

The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University is an innovative, interdisciplinary research facility of scholars, students and faculty who study gender issues and women's lives. Founded by Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D, ’77, the WSRC is the home of:
**The Scholars Program**, a program comprised of 78 scholars studying gender issues in an interdisciplinary environment;
**The Student-Scholar Partnership Program**, which pairs undergraduate Brandeis University students with WSRC scholars for a semester-long research assistantships;
**The Arts Program**, which oversees the Kniznick Gallery, a unique exhibition space devoted to the artwork by or about women, as well as the permanent art collection and scholarly art projects at the WSRC;
**The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute**, a research institute that develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender;
Throughout the year, members of the Scholars Program present their work in lectures, panels, performances and concerts that are open to the public and free of charge. In addition to this Lecture Series, other events are frequently held at the WSRC by the Scholars Program, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Kniznick Gallery including art exhibition openings, book launches, religious celebrations, scholarly lectures, film screenings and discussion panels. For anyone intrigued by art, gender dynamics and women's issues, we urge you to come to our center and take in the eye-opening discussions and thought-provoking art exhibitions.


Social Justice Social Policy (SJSP)


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Undergraduate Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX)

Directed by Sociology Professor Gordon Fellman
Minor for undergraduate Brandeis students who wish to understand the reasons for war and ways to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.

Community-Engaged Learning (CEL)

Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) initiatives at Brandeis are devoted to expanding the circle of participation in the educational process, drawing students, faculty, staff and community members into conversations about ideas, citizenship and social responsibility. In our curricular and co-curricular programs we seek to develop sustainable and productive partnerships with organizations and communities beyond the boundaries of campus in ways that help address pressing social needs and foster democratic participation in civic life.
Community-engaged learning is an aspect of the university's broad-based commitment to experiential learning. By integrating hands-on practice and thoughtful reflection, CEL projects enhance the university's commitments to social justice and academic rigor. Through active engagement with local communities, we try to hold up a mirror to ourselves as we work to build an increasingly inclusive and supportive community at Brandeis.


Campus Sustainability Initiative

The Campus Sustainability Initiative is charged with reducing Brandeis' environmental and climate change impact. The initiative is a collaborative effort between many departments, offices, academic disciplines and student groups.
Creating a sustainable campus is an exciting opportunity to continue Brandeis' history of connecting academic theory with social justice practice.
The Campus Sustainability Initiative has launched two new programs:
Student Eco-Reps: A part-time campus position to increase sustainability in residence halls.
Office Sustainability-Reps: A voluntary leadership position to increase sustainability in offices and departments.
Sustainability Coordinator
Janna Cohen-Rosenthal
Energy Manager
William Bushey
For ideas for residential recycling and energy savings contact your Quad's Eco-Rep.

Clubs in Service Initiative

Clubs in Service is an initiative focused on encouraging all clubs and student organizations to directly engage in the Waltham Community. This Web site can be used to foster connections between traditionally non-service organizations and those already involved with service projects.
Clubs in Service is sponsored by Student Union, Department of Community Service and Waltham Group.
Student Coordinators, Jenna Brofsky and Nate Rosenblum will hold an office hour from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays in the Student Union office, which is located in the Shapiro Campus Center. E-mail Nate if you plan to drop by.