The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Alumni Events

David Weil and Tom Perez on stage
Democratic National Committee Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez discusses his life and career, his thoughts on progressive politics and his strategy for advancing Democratic candidates in 2020 with Dean David Weil.
Impeachment, treason and the complexities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation dominated the conversation as Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI official, U.S. Attorney and DEA administrator, visited the Heller School for a “Conversation with the Dean” on January 23.
Jeanette Takamura, PhD’85, Heller Alumni Association Board member, hosted a dinner in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan for prospective students and alumni.
Africa Night included a panel discussion and debate, live music, dance, poetry, oratory, free food, fashion show, hip-hop, student-produced documentary, live theater, and performances by emerging artists from the Heller community. 
2019 Heller Award winners with Dean Weil. From left: Dean Weil, Prof. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, PhD student Alexandra Kritikos, Scientist Rachel Sayko Adams, Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Innovation Marc Kiredjian, Bria Price, MPP'19 and Meghna Kanthan'22
Heller alumni gathered at the 16th Annual Washington, DC Alumni Reception to reconnect with old friends and professors, hear from Dean Weil and share their expertise with current students.
Cupcakes for everyone! Students, faculty and staff celebrated Heller's No. 7 ranking in social policy from US News & World Report with tasty blue treats at our Heller Town Hall.
Activist and Kennedy School lecturer Marshall Ganz described his experiences learning "the craft of organizing," first as a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 and later in his work with #CesarChavez and the National Farm Workers Association in California.
Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld led a panel on "Negotiation & Conflict Resolution in the Trump Era." Negotiation experts discussed Trump's unpredictability, use of private sector tactics in the public sector and the challenges of moving society forward in an age of tribalism.
Heller students came together for International Mother Language Day, dressing in traditional clothing from countries around the world and dancing and singing in front of a large audience of Heller community members.

We're excited to share a great slate of events throughout our 60th anniversary year. Make sure to update your information to receive emails about upcoming events! Be sure to use the hashtag #Heller60for60 if you attend and post about any of our anniversary events. 

Upcoming Events: 

Conversation with the Dean: Carmen Rojas 

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 pm, Zinner Forum 

Dr. Carmen Rojas is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, an organization founded in 2014 that invests in experiments and innovation to build power for working people in the 21st century. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and nonprofits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. Now through the Workers Lab, Carmen works alongside more than 50 organizations to develop solutions to the most pressing issues facing workers, which often include fighting for living wages, proper benefits, a voice on the job, and more. Carmen and The Workers Lab headquarters are based in Oakland, California. 

The Workers Lab collaborated with Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy earlier this year on an occupational segregation report titled, "Not Only Unequal Paychecks: Occupational Segregation, Benefits, and the Racial Wealth Gap."

Student Coffee Break

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8:30 – 10:30am, Zinner Forum

The Heller Alumni Association welcomes new and returning students by inviting you to enjoy coffee and the legendary muffins from the Gingerbread Construction Co. Heller Alumni are highly encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Heller Alumni Association. Please RSVP to helleralumni@brandeis.edu.

Previous Events: 

Alumni dinner in Tokyo

June 24, 2019 in Ginza, Tokyo

Jeanette Takamura, PhD’85, Heller Alumni Association Board member, hosted a gathering that included Mutsuhisa Ban, a prospective student, Akiko Mera, MA SID’05, Yuki Kondo, MA SID’14,  Hajime Takizawa, MA SID’07, Jeanette C. Takamura, PhD'85, and Ayumu Osawa, MA SID’13.

Africa Night

May 4, 2019

Africa Night is Heller’s annual celebration of African intellectual achievements, cultural heritage and diversity. It included a panel discussion and debate, live music, dance, poetry, oratory, free food, fashion show, hip-hop, student-produced documentary, live theater, and performances by emerging artists from the Heller community. 

MBA Distinguished Management Lecture 2019

April 5, 2019

Mo Cowan, president of Global Government Affairs and Policy at GE, delivered the 2019 MBA Distinguished Management Lecture.

Heller Awards 2019

April 3, 2019

The Heller School presents awards each spring to members of the community for outstanding service in teaching, mentoring, teaching assistance, staff service, research, and equity, inclusion and diversity.

Conversations with the Dean: Tom Perez

April 1, 2019

Democratic National Committee Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined Dean David Weil for part of the Conversations with the Dean speaker series. The event featured a wide-ranging dialogue on Perez’ life and career, his thoughts on progressive politics and his strategy for advancing Democratic candidates in 2020.

International Mother Language Night

March 20, 2019

Heller students came together for International Mother Language Day, organized by Brandeis Bangladeshi Students Association. 

US News Rankings Celebration

March 20, 2019

Cupcakes for everyone! The community celebrated Heller's #7 ranking in social policy from US News & World Report with tasty blue treats at our Heller Town Hall.

16th Annual Alumni Reception and Career Panels

Feb. 20, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Heller alumni, students and faculty gathered in Washington, D.C. to share career advice, network and reconnect with old friends.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Trump Era

Feb. 15, 2019

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld led a panel of negotiation experts, who discussed Trump’s unpredictability, need for personal gratification, use of private sector tactics in the public sector, as well as lessons learned from labor union negotiations and the challenges of moving society forward in an age of tribalism.

Marshall Ganz lecture

Jan. 30, 2019

Marshall Ganz described his experiences learning "the craft of organizing," first as a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 and later in his work with Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association in California. 

Conversations with the Dean: Chuck Rosenberg

Jan. 23, 2019

Impeachment, treason and the complexities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation dominated the conversation as Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI official, U.S. Attorney and DEA administrator, visited the Heller School for a “Conversation with the Dean” with Dean David Weil.