The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Sillerman Center designs, coordinates and hosts a variety of events, both here at the Heller School and beyond. Our events range from lectures and panel discussions that feature practitioners of social justice philanthropy to convenings of social justice practitioners and philanthropists to smaller briefings where grantmakers learn from subject-matter experts, from community-based leaders and from each other. We also co-sponsor and collaborate on events organized and hosted by nonprofit organizations and grantmakers across the country. If you are seeking co-sponsorship for a philanthropy-related event, please write to Stacey King, Sillerman Center Program Coordinator.

Bridging Vermont's Opportunity Gap: An Immigrant Integration Learning Session for Funders and Community Leaders

On May 23, 2018, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with The Vermont Community Foundation and many outstanding Vermont community partners and members, held Bridging Vermont's Opportunity Gap: An Immigrant Integration Learning Session for Funders and Community Leaders in Burlington, Vermont. In this workshop, leaders came together to learn about the changing demographics in Vermont, heard from experts about how they are creating and sustaining welcoming communities for all residents, discussed funder collaboration for an inclusive and equitable Vermont, and learned from funders how they are creating national and regional strategies to counter increasing threats to safety and well-being for immigrants.

Wilhemina's War: A Film Screening and Panel discussion

On April 18, 2018, The Sillerman Center held a film screening and panel discussion on the documentary Wilhemina's War. Wilhemina’s War (supported by JustFilms) depicts the devastating effects that stigma, discrimination, intergenerational poverty, and government and public health failures have had on the HIV epidemic and its impact on the black community in the south. In the movie, filmmaker June Cross tells the story of 62-year-old Wilhemina Dixon, a daughter of sharecroppers who lives in South Carolina with her daughter and granddaughter, both of whom are living with HIV. Discussion panelists included Celeste Lee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts and Wangui Muigai, PhD, Professor at Brandeis University. The panel was moderated by Brandeis senior, Marcelo Brociner.

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