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Hello here's the latest from
our department!!
Mid-Semester Check In with the Roosevelt Fellows

We may be a bit bias but we think the Roosevelt Fellows are great! No matter what time of year, there is always something to discuss with a Roosevelt Fellow. They represent a variety of disciplines and they are sure to have lived through, have in common, or know where to find the answer to any one of a million questions that undergraduate students have.

Beyond thinking about registration, add/drop, or the pass/fail period, have any of these questions crossed your mind lately:

  • What is it like being a student during the pandemic?
  • How can I maintain motivation and organization in classes?
  • What is the best strategy for planning for future semesters?
  • How do I declare a major or minor?
  • What is the best way to connect with faculty?
  • Where do I look for summer opportunities?
  • How do I access certain academic resources (like BUGS and the Writing Center)?

The Roosevelt Fellows are available for mid-semester check ins. To find out when they are available for appointments or when their next virtual study hall is, check out their website and of course watch their video introduction by clicking on the button below.
Academic Dates & Resources
Friday, April 2:
  • Good Friday- no University exercises.

Thursday, April 8:
  • Last day to add Module II courses.

Thursday, April 15:
  • Last day for undergraduates to drop courses with a "W" transcript notation (instructor's permission required).

Learn how to subscribe to the "Brandeis Academic Calendar" on your google calendar.

Access the full Spring 2021 academic calendar on the Registrar's website.
Academic Services Unit Updates
Student Accessibility Support (SAS)


  • ADHD Affinity Group. We have a new ADHD Affinity Group for students with ADHD led by an SAS fellow! The purpose of the group is to share (and learn!) tips, experiences, and just be together with friends who “get it!” The group can evolve to be whatever folks need it to be! The group meets weekly on Mondays 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). If you are interested in trying it out, please use the following Zoom link.

  • Module 2 Reminders; Don't Forget to Send Your Accommodation Letter!  Module 2 courses began last Wednesday March 24th. If you are a student taking a Module 2 course(s), please remember to share your accommodation letter with your instructor(s). If you have not yet requested your accommodation letter, or need changes, please reach out to us at (access@brandeis.edu). Additionally, if you are approved for a notetaking accommodation and would like to request a notetaker for your Module 2 course, please fill out the Notetaking Request Form (or contact us if you need us to send you the form link again!)


  • Give us a Follow...SAS is on the 'Gram!! Follow us @Brandeis_SAS for tips, announcements, and disability justice content.
Academic Advising:
Come Visit Us at the Blue Booths
 
Come see your academic advising team! Stop by the blue booths in the Fellows Garden between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th. Say hello, grab some fun giveaways, helpful resources, and get your quick advising questions answered!
MKTYP X-Factor Showcase
Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

All students are invited to the MKTYP X-Factor talent showcase on Friday, April 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. So, regardless of program affiliation, class year, major, or university, it is open to all college students. We are accepting all kinds of talents and skills including, but not limited to, singing, dancing, poetry, studio/visual art, FTIM, and performance art. They can be pre-recorded performances or live!

The purpose of the event is to bring in some light to what is a very draining semester for students both academically and personally. To this extent our "MKTYP X-Factor Showcase" will be via zoom. Please register using this google form. We are welcoming all students to be present with us in this space, as our audience will be judging our winners! Our top three contestants will be eligible to win 1 of 3 prizes including: Apple Airpods, a JBL speaker, or a standing ring light!! It is sure to be a wonderful evening! 
SAS Fellows Corner:
Answering Your Most Important Questions

SAS Fellows. The fellows are here and ready to help you navigate accessibility at Brandeis! We are going to bring you a quick "question of the week" each newsletter. Here is this week's question/s:

Q: What is the best way for me to talk to my faculty member about my accommodation needs? Do you have recommendations on how to share my accommodations with my professor? I have accommodations with Student Accessibility Support (SAS), how do I give my professors my accommodations letter? How do I make sure they understand my accommodations?
 
A: Once you have approved accommodations with Student Accessibility Support (SAS), you will have an accommodation letter. Due to COVID, in Spring 2021, SAS began sending digital copies of accommodation letters to students via email; a practice they are planning to continue! Once you receive your accommodation letter, your next step is to forward the email to your professors. You can add in a personal message to the professor; an example is, "Hi Professor, Hope all is well. I am forwarding my accommodation letter from SAS. If you have questions they are happy to clear up any confusion" (if you need help doing this, contact an SAS Fellow!).

In addition to sending the email, we recommend you go to your professor's office hours to discuss with your faculty member how best to implement them in the context of their specific course. If the professor’s office hours do not work with your schedule, email your professor to set up a different time to meet. Sometimes going to meet with a professor can feel intimidating, scary, or stressful, but professors are here for you and they actually love students who come to their office hours so it will really help you get along with your professor and help your professor understand you more. This is also a great time to ask questions about specific scenarios. For example, if a specific need arises, you may want to ask if you should communicate with the professor, a course assistant/teaching assistant, SAS, or some combination of the three in order to implement the necessary accommodations.

If you experience any accessibility issues, you can report it using the Report an Accessibility Issue Form. If your accommodations are not being implemented, refer to SAS's new director Cara Streit's quick tip posted on SAS’s Instagram (@Brandeis_SAS): say "I'll need to check with SAS about what to do, because I'm not sure how to access this class without that accommodation," and then communicate with SAS staff or the SAS Fellows so we can help. Staff are great at tactfully talking with professors, so do not worry about those feelings of a professor being potentially mad at you!

If you have questions that are more specific to your own accommodation needs, don't hesitate to reach out to SAS--either to the staff or to the SAS Fellows--for help.

If you would like to meet with us, please visit our webpage, Student Accessibility Support Fellows, for information about our virtual office hours! We look forward to meeting with you.
Academic Fellowships

Academic Fellowships provides support and mentoring to all undergraduate students and recent alumni pursuing nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships as well as current undergraduates seeking on- and off-campus research opportunities. To keep up-to-date about current opportunities and upcoming deadlines, make sure to follow us on Instagram @brandeisfellowships or "like" our Facebook Page. To schedule a remote appointment, email Meredith Monaghan (monaghan@brandeis.edu) or Elizabeth Rotolo (erotolo@brandeis.edu) directly.   

Fulbright Week at Brandeis!
In celebration of the Fulbright Program's 75th anniversary and to kick off this year's application cycle as the online application opens on Wednesday, March 31, Academic Fellowships has declared this week Fulbright Week! 75 years of the Fulbright Program, which sends graduating seniors and recent alumni from the US to study, conduct research, and teach English in over 160 countries, means 75 years of cultural exchange and mutual understanding and building friendships across borders to make the world a more peaceful place. Be sure to check out our Instagram (@brandeisfellowships) and Facebook feeds for Brandeis Fulbrighter alumni profiles, information about different award types, and helpful resources for those thinking about applying.

Fellowships Email List
If you are thinking about applying for a fellowship in the future, or just want to learn more about what opportunities are available, you may wish to sign up for our weekly newsletter, where we share information about particular fellowship opportunities, application tips, deadline reminders, and more. To opt in to this list, please email Director of Academic Fellowships Meredith Monaghan (monaghan@brandeis.edu). 
Resources & Events from Campus Partners
Heller School's Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and DEIS Impact Present:
7-Day Neurodiversity (ND) Inclusion Challenge

This self-guided learning and reflection experience highlights the need for true inclusion and acceptance of community members with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological divergence. 

When is it?
The ND Challenge launches with an introduction on Friday, April 2 (World Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day) and then runs daily from April 5 to 11. 

What is it?
Participants will engage with articles, videos, podcasts, and blog posts each day, and are invited midway through the Challenge to join a facilitated discussion over Zoom or Slack to process their learning. 

How do I sign up?

This challenge is modeled after the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge that the Heller community spearheaded in January. It is also part of this year’s DEIS Impact program, Brandeis’ annual festival of social justice. 

Cosponsors for the 7-Day Neurodiversity Inclusion Challenge include:

If you have questions, please contact Mel Ptacek, MBA/MPP'20. 
Brandeis all-disciplines Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Symposium

The first Brandeis all-disciplines Spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Symposium will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021. This online event will provide a forum for undergraduates to present and share their research and creative projects with the Brandeis Community and invited guests. Thus far there are more than 140 students from a wide range of academic disciplines who will share their projects. The main undergraduate presentation session will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. The URCC thanks the Davis Educational Foundation for grant funding to support this event.

  • All Undergraduate presenters are asked to complete the Registration and Abstract Submission form by April 15, 2021.
  • To participate as an attendee, Brandeis participants can sign up with Symposium. Once you are signed up and the event is opened in late April, you can access the event.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who are interested in planning and organizing this event are welcome to contact Margaret Lynch for more information.