I am a class of 1991 alum who student-taught at Waltham High, and became engaged in Waltham civic life through the Waltham Group and other university-community partnerships. Through Brandeis, Waltham became my new hometown, and then Brandeis became a second home for my daughter, Marisa Diamond, whose childhood as a Waltham Public School student was enhanced greatly by her regular visits to Brandeis for cultural events.

Marisa went on to earn a B.F.A. at University of Michigan in 2017, and is now a teaching artist, union member and city-wide candidate for Waltham School Committee on Nov. 5. We both continue to be involved in building youth civic and community engagement and community partnerships, and want to support Brandeis student, staff and faculty participation in local community life, including local elections. 

Brandeis community members who have a Waltham address, on or off campus, and would like to vote in Waltham, MA, can register until Oct. 16 to vote in the local Mayoral, City Council and School Committee elections online here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ or at the City Clerk’s office in Waltham City Hall.  For those already registered Waltham, information on how and where to vote on or before Nov. 5 can be found here: https://www.city.waltham.ma.us/elections/pages/2019-election-information.