Robert Mesika, a senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Legal Studies, took Melissa Stimell's Advocacy for Policy Change course in the Spring of 2011. He described his experience as "by far the best and most engaging course [he has] taken in four years at Brandeis." During the semester, he was able to travel to the Massachusetts State House to lobby for tuberculosis related legislation and funding. He said that actively getting involved in the process you learn about in class "completely shifts your experience from monotonous memorization and lecture-based study to a far more enthralling and hands-on form of learning." He strongly recommends this course and experiential learning courses in general to his fellow students.
This kind of positive experience is not uncommon in experiential and community-engaged learning projects, and we hope to share many more personal stories with you soon!