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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
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- 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 work 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

Making Medication More Affordable

  • Description:
    This bill mandates that insurers provide “high value” and “cost effective” medications and treatments (e.g. insulin, asthma inhalers, epi-pens) at no cost to the patient and sets out the guidelines for an expert panel to decide which services, treatments, and medications qualify as such. Mandating that the insurance companies eliminate cost-sharing for preventative measures that have been proven to be effective reduces the burden that exorbitant healthcare costs have on people and families, reduces spending on “low value” treatments, and increases medication/treatment adherence. As a result, health outcomes improve and healthcare costs decrease.
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Policymaking Through the Budget: A Legislator's Perspective

  • Description:
    In this event hosted by the Brandeis ENACT course "Advocacy for Policy Change" Massachusetts State Representative Mike Connolly will discuss the role of the budget in state policymaking, followed by a Q&A with ENACT students. Hosted on Zoom. Open to all ENACT students, faculty fellows and alumni. Register in advance: https://brandeis.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdO6qqDMoGdbv5oAZJwpjBP75r7xMJ3Wa After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. More about Rep. Connolly: https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/M_C1 https://www.repmikeconnolly.org/ https://www.mikeconnolly.org/ Optional: Join the Brandeis ENACT class two days earlier on April 6 from 2-3 PM Eastern for a conversation with Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Kurt Wise (https://massbudget.org/about-us/staff/kurt-wise/), who will introduce policymaking through the budget. Register for the April 6 conversation here: https://brandeis.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuc-ugpzsqH9Gyy3sw8kxL4MxcaNaGm-yY
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OneShared.World: Youth Activism, Community Engagement and the Reality of Global Interdependence

  • Description:
    OneShared.World is a bold and visionary response to our ongoing global crises. The pandemic has exposed the failure of the world’s nations to meet basic human needs and respond constructively to shared global threats. Furthermore, this failure stems from our inability to act in ways that recognize humanity’s deep interdependence. What affects one of us will eventually affect all of us. Whether addressing pandemics, climate change, systemic poverty, or racial inequality, OneShared.World emphasizes that our fates are bound together. This event will explore the OneShared.World model and, in particular, the role that youth are playing to advance initiatives that embrace the interconnectedness of people and the need to collaborate on the complex challenges confronting us all. Young people from diverse backgrounds and countries will share their experiences of activism on some of the most critical issues of our time. They will discuss what spurred them into action, who inspired them, the kinds of obstacles they face, and meaningful moments in their journeys. All are welcome. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu. Hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life -- the home of the ENACT program. Register for Zoom access: https://brandeis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vawEiibuS3C3vtnCB9PKFA
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    Tue Mar 16 2021 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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    Tue Mar 16 2021 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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    Tue Mar 16 2021 19:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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TONIGHT: ENACT Networking Night

  • Description:
    Are you wondering where ENACT will take you? Curious about how to use your time in ENACT to find a career you love? Want to interact with established professionals involved with politics and advocacy all across the country? Join the ENACT NETWORKING NIGHT! Come learn about the post-college journeys of some ENACT alums and get a chance to engage with them one-on-one! Join the Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/dabp6287
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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.
• 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.

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