Our commitment to build belongingness for all

The Heller School is a vibrant academic learning community of scholars, students and staff dedicated to creating a welcoming environment that builds and supports respectful dialogue across group and individual differences in every aspect of our work and social interactions. We seek to ensure a safe and inclusive environment in which community members respect and value the perspective and contribution of all others. In the pursuit of the Heller motto, “Knowledge Advancing Social Justice,” we are committed to diversity, inclusion and equity in our research institutes, academic programs, policies and community relationships.

Bring your whole self to Heller

The Heller School endorses a broad definition of diversity reflective of differences that include, but are not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, visa status, culture, economic status and background, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation and identity, religion, political views, academic background and interests, abilities, learning styles and pace, physical appearance, and individual personality.

Take the pledge

It is the responsibility of each and every member of the Heller community to acknowledge the meaningful differences that inform each individual's identity, and to uphold and defend our shared values as we strive to create a more equitable future for all. Our mission is buttressed through Heller's Diversity Pledge and the diversity and inclusion goals of Brandeis University.

Student Working Groups are a great way to get involved in cross-program activities at the Heller School. Some working groups are centered on a common interest, such as environmental justice or education, while others create space for identity, advocacy and belongingness, such as the DisABILITY Working Group, Powerful Asian Women, or Sin Fronteras.
Student Working Groups