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THE EDUCATIONAL NETWORK
FOR ACTIVE CIVIC TRANSFORMATION

a national program based at Brandeis University

ENACT: Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a national, non-partisan program based at Brandeis University, engaging undergraduates at colleges and universities in state-level legislative change. Learn More
- ENACT Students & Alumni: search student work. Network with students and alumni. Click to Login
- ENACT Faculty Fellows: access ENACT teaching resources and student work.
- Public: access student work on bills from across the U.S., including op-eds, issue research and more.



Who we are & What you can do




What We Do

The ENACT: Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a national program engaging undergraduates at colleges and universities in state-level legislative change by learning to work with legislators, staffers, and community organizations to advance policy. It is becoming a major voice in addressing challenges to American democracy by engaging young people around the country in civic activism built on knowledge, cooperation, justice and integrity.



The ENACT Model

• Workshop: ENACT launched with a workshop at Brandeis University in May 2016. Under the leadership of the program’s academic director, ENACT Fellows shared ideas and worked on course development.
• Courses: In ENACT courses students learn about participating in the legislative and advocacy process at the state level, with a substantial hands-on component in which they engage directly in that process, as in the “Advocacy for Policy Change” course at Brandeis.
• Online Network: The ENACT Network is a national in-person and online network of students, faculty, activists and legislators. It is a strategic and information hub for state-level players that enables them to connect with counterparts throughout the country.



Public resources




Transforming the Civic Engagement of Future Generations: A Pilot Evaluation of the Impact of the ENACT Course on Alumni Civic Engagement and Career Trajectories

  • Description:
    Key Findings • ENACT Alumni feel competent to participate politically and feel that their participation can have an impact on political outcomes. This political efficacy translates to heightened levels of civic engagement. • ENACT Alumni are more civically engaged than a national sample of U.S. residents. They vote in national, state, local, and primary elections at very high rates, as well as participate in various other forms of civic engagement such as attending public rallies and demonstrations and donating money to campaigns or causes that are important to them. • ENACT Alumni retain knowledge and skills from the Advocacy for Policy Change course. The knowledge of the political process they learned in the ENACT course allows them to continue to engage with it. They use the skills they learned through hands-on advocacy projects in their professional careers. • ENACT Alumni credit the course with impacting their professional journeys in various ways. Alumni have gone on to graduate school, and many have pursued law degrees. They note the impact of what they learned in the class, the networks they developed, and the mentorship of ENACT faculty.
  • State:
    MA
  • Link:
    click me
  • Institution:
    Brandeis University
  • Author:
    Kaitie Chakoian, Charlotte Powley, Melissa Stimell
  • Topic(s)/Issue(s):

Healthy Youth Act Storybook

  • Description:
    A storybook on the Healthy Youth Act done by Brandeis students Tori Sanchez and Sabrina Bell in Spring of 2021.
  • State:
    MA
  • Link:
    click me
  • Institution:
    Brandeis University
  • Author:
    Sabrina Bell, Tori Sanchez
  • Topic(s)/Issue(s):
    education,LGBTQ+,public health,violence and sexual assault

Fair Workweek letter to legislator and elevator speech

  • Description:
    The Fair Workweek bill aims to provide more stable schedules for Massachusetts retail, hospitality, and food services workers.
  • State:
    MA
  • Link:
    click me
  • Institution:
    Brandeis University
  • Author:
    Jessica Cocomazzi, Sarah Arthi Jacob
  • Topic(s)/Issue(s):
    labor








Events




ENACT mini-seminar: Faculty Fellow Robert Glover discusses "How to connect with legislators"

  • Description:
    ENACT mini-seminar: "How to connect with legislators" featuring Faculty Fellow Robert Glover, University of Maine...
  • Date:

    Mon Nov 14 2022 16:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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ENACT mini-seminar: Faculty Fellow Stephen Danley discusses "How to engage with external organizations"

  • Description:
    ENACT mini-seminar: "How to engage with external organizations" featuring Faculty Fellow Stephen Danley, Rutgers University – Camden, New Jersey...
  • Date:

    Mon Oct 24 2022 16:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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ENACT mini-seminar: Faculty Fellow Michael Rich discusses "How to teach an ENACT course when the legislature is not in session"

  • Description:
    ENACT mini-seminar: "How to teach an ENACT course when the legislature is not in session" featuring Faculty Fellow Michael Rich, Emory University, Georgia...
  • Date:

    Mon Oct 03 2022 16:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Join Us




For Students

• Are you a student in an ENACT course? Contact your professor for the PIN you need to login, create a profile. You will then be able to access all resources, and upload your own work. Already have a profile? Login above to gain full access to the site.

• Are you an alum of an ENACT course? If you do not already have a profile, contact ENACT@brandeis.edu to request a pin. Include the year and school where you took the ENACT course.

For Professors

• Are you an ENACT Faculty Fellow? Login above to gain full access to the site.
• Are you interested in teaching an ENACT course? Contact ENACT@brandeis.edu

For Public

• Are you an interested member of the public? Search publicly available resources created by ENACT students from across the United States. You can browse, enter a keyword in the search box, or search using any or all of the categories below. For example, search by content type, issue area, state, and more.




Intro Videos

What is ENACT?

A Brief Tour of enactnetwork.org