Plans for the 2020-21 School Year & Fall 2021

The Heller School is offering both online and hybrid instruction for the 2020-21 school year, with a focus on educational excellence and engagement, and anticipates having most students and faculty back for in-person classes in Fall 2021. Read about our plans for Fall 2021 here. All students, faculty and staff coming to the Brandeis campus must fill out a Daily Health Assessment before arriving and sign up for mandatory high-frequency COVID-19 testing. For more information, visit Heller's FAQ page.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at Heller

We work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment in which community members respect and value others. In the pursuit of the Heller motto, “Knowledge Advancing Social Justice,” we are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity in our research institutes, academic programs, policies and community relationships.

Meet our students

Zari Havercome ’16, MBA/MA SID’22

“Shirley Chisholm said, ‘Service is the rent you pay to live on earth,’” says Zari Havercome ’16, MBA/MA SID’22. “I want to support communities that are disenfranchised, under-resourced, taken advantage of—the people experiencing cyclical poverty and hunger. We have come too far for people to still suffer from things they don’t have to.”

Rebecca Avilés, MPP’22

“As a Californian, I have lived through some pretty terrible fire seasons,” says Rebecca Avilés, MPP’22. “And as a Puerto Rican, I also remember seeing the energy infrastructure crumble when Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017.” That’s why she has dedicated her career to addressing climate change through responsible energy policy.

Tori Lee, MBA/MS GHPM’22

“I’m really interested in expanding what health care as a human right looks like in the U.S.,” says Tori Lee, MBA/MS GHPM’22. “Heller is one of the few institutions where I saw an equal marriage of hard, corporate skills but also social justice values. I could learn to manage people and practice health equity in the same school.”

David Kim, MA COEX’22

From Kenya to South Korea to Nepal, David Kim, MA COEX’22, has seen firsthand the impact of conflicts on local populations. That’s what led him to Heller, to gain the skills for a career in peacebuilding and diplomacy.

Meet our Alumni

Tracy Choi, MPP'13

Tracy Choi, MPP'13, Housing and Community Development Supervisor, San Mateo County, California

"Every time I write a policy memo or make a presentation, I’m drawing on my Heller MPP. A lot of what I do is pump out memos, emails or papers about an issue and provide policy recommendations. I’m also able to succinctly summarize and communicate my work to other departments and stakeholder groups, given that affordable housing can be a complex issue."

Brenna Schneider, MBA'12, Founder and CEO, 99Degrees

"We’re trained at Heller to not just pursue business opportunities, but to take on the harder challenge, which is always to look at the social impact of business on our team, on our community, on our economy. We need jobs right now in this community, and we need people to have PPE. We’re focused on the health and safety of our team and community, to ensure we’re not putting a strain on the resources of our health care system. "
Adeyemi Okunogbe, MS'12

Adeyemi Okunogbe, MS'12, Health Systems Specialist, RTI International

“When I came to Heller, my understanding and perspective on health was limited to diagnosing and treating human ailments. After I graduated, I had the framework and paradigms for thinking about health policy, global health and social justice.”
Heller Career Development

Research at Heller

Heller's 10 research centers and institutes bring in $14 million in grant-funded projects annually, focusing on pressing social policy issues such as the racial wealth gap, substance use disorder, disability rights and more. Research faculty are a key part of a Heller education—they teach courses, employ students as research assistants and provide mentoring.
Research Centers and Institutes