The 2019 Campus Climate survey found that students with marginalized identities reported experiences with sexual violence and misconduct at higher rates than their peers. The report details students’ experiences with and attitudes toward sexual misconduct, reporting procedures and prevention resources on campus.
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Since the start of the semester, the University has been sharing initiatives it is taking to improve sustainability efforts at Brandeis. According to the Brandeis Sustainability website, the office’s goals are to fulfill the University’s commitment to social justice, reduce its carbon footprint and be responsible members of the global community.
The renovation of Starr Plaza to improve campus accessibility is complete, the Office of Finance and Administration announced in an email on Thursday. Workers raised the previously circular Starr Plaza to increase access to the Irving Presidential Enclave and Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center.
The Office of Communications took over administrative control of the MyDeis Facebook pages and passed on the pages’ moderator powers to the class senators.
Members of the Brandeis community gathered at the bottom of the Rabb Steps on Thursday to raise awareness of sexual violence on campus in the annual Take Back the Night march. Over 60 members of the Brandeis community marched through the center of campus to the Light of Reason as organizers called out statistics from the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct.
The University named John Paul Lederach, a scholar of conflict transformation, the recipient of the 2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, according to an April 10 BrandeisNOW article. Lederach is an American professor emeritus of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame and is “widely known for his development of culturally appropriate approaches to conflict transformation.”
Brandeis Climate Justice called for the University to divest by circulating a script among the community and prospective students on Admitted Students Day, April 14. The script, to be used when for calling or emailing University President Liebowitz and the Board of Trustees, thanks the Board of Trustees for agreeing to “not invest in coal and to freeze other existing fossil fuel investments for the next three years,” but says it is “not enough.”
Lynch named as one of top 35 women in higher education
New VP of Campus Operations
After a tight race last Thursday, the student body voted to instate Simran Tatuskar ’21 as President of the Student Union. 14 students ran for a variety of positions on the Executive Board, as well as two positions on the Brandeis Sustainability Fund. Out of an undergraduate population of 3,369, only 27.45 percent of students voted.
The Brandeis Asian American Task Force is circulating a petition calling for the creation of a faculty position in Pacific Islander Studies, which would be filled by Prof. Leanne Day (GRALL). Day, a Pacific Islander, is currently finishing her second year of the Florence Levy Kay Fellowship in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies.
The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management announced the inaugural class of its Nathan and Toby Starr Fellowship for the spring 2019 semester in a Feb. 7 press release. The program aims to “foster research expertise and expand understanding of disability policy among undergraduate students,” per the same announcement.
Student Union President Hannah Brown ’19, Vice President Aaron Finkel ’20 and Chief of Staff Emma Russell ’19 presented four claims to the Union Judiciary on Jan. 15 regarding the Union’s status within the Union’s constitution in a case that will determine whether it is considered a club or governing body. Currently, the Union is considered a club and is therefore under the jurisdiction of the Allocations Board.
BranVan accessible transport hours extended
The administration put forth a $73 million proposal, termed “springboard funding,” that will address gaps in University operations that must be filled before pursuing a major capital campaign, University President Ron Liebowitz announced in a Jan. 11 email to the Brandeis community last week. The proposal is split into two parts and spreads spending over three years, allotting $47 million for incremental operations and $26 million for capital expenditures.
Members of the Brandeis community elected Aaron Finkel ’20 as vice president and Adrian Ashley ’20 as treasurer of the Student Union for the Spring 2019 semester. The Union held a special election yesterday after announcing Vice President Benedikt Reynolds ’19 and Treasurer Jerry Miller ’18 will resign at the end of the semester.
A student found posters bearing alt-right rhetoric and symbols outside of East Quad last Wednesday night and reported them to a Community Advisor, who provided the Justice with a copy of the poster. The text on the poster read, “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals.”
University President Ron Liebowitz released the Campus Climate Report last Thursday, which detailed the “exceedingly high standards” and broader shortcomings of the University, as well as the steps the administration is taking to address them. This second and final report, authored by independent investigators the University hired last spring, follows up on the initial findings regarding the complaints lodged against former men’s basketball coach Brian Meehan.