Student Working Groups

2018 Heller Student Working Groups

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The BGSA is an interdisciplinary graduate student organization designed for Black graduate students to know and support each other both inside and outside of Brandeis University. BGSA aims to meet the professional, academic, and social needs of the Black graduate students.

Brandeis University Africa Forum (BUAF) 

BUAF is a student club that shines light on African issues and current events and showcases the beauty of the continent through our “Africa Night” event in the spring semester. The Brandeis University Africa Forum vision is "Creating our Truth in Building the Modern African Narrative at Brandeis University."

Meetings: Fridays at 1:30pm. 

Conflict Transformation Working Group

This working group focuses on restorative justice-based approaches to help give Brandeis students and faculty outlets that allow for community growth. The project is envisioned to last an extended amount of time on Brandeis’ campus, becoming an established and sustainable program that can continue after we have graduated. The goal of the group is to empower students to handle conflict in a healthy manner, to give the Brandeis campus a means to address issues in a productive manner, to respond to gaps in campus needs identified through the Heller campus climate surveys, and to provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) program or interested in community accountability to practice skills in restorative justice and mediation.

The objectives are to create an open space for dialogue to address conflicts on campus through mediation, to teach students about mediation through trainings and various events, and to provide a non-hierarchical space to resolve and reconcile conflict.

DisABILITY Working Group 

This group provides a space for members of the Heller community to discuss aspects of forms of ability status. The outputs that the group is working towards include a database of disability related resources for students to use when looking for research topics or internship placements to contact. This database is housed on a website facilitated by the group. 

Meetings: Fridays at 9am, room 119

Education Working Group 

This group provides a space for members of the Heller community to discuss aspects of all levels of education. The outputs that the group is working towards include a database of education related resources for students to use when looking for research topics or internship placements to contact. 

Meetings: Thursdays 12pm, Zinner forum 

Environmental Justice Working Group 

The Environmental Justice Working Group brings students together to raise awareness around local and global environmental issues and to promote environmental justice and sustainable practices on- and off-campus.  

Meetings: Tuesdays from 12-2pm 

Gender Working Group (GWG)

The GWG approaches development from a gender perspective by making space in the development dialogue for discourse surrounding gender inequality, gender identity, and sexuality. Our goal is to be as inclusive and intersectional as possible, and to foster important and meaningful discussions through speakers, movie screenings, discussion groups, and campaigns. 

Meetings: Biweekly on Thursdays at 12pm 

Global Goals Working Group (GGWG) 

GGWG promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals in real life praxis and the Heller School. 

Meetings: The Executive Team meets every two weeks, the full Working Group meets once a month for events. 

Net Impact - Heller Chapter 

Mobilizing students to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change through the power of business.

Meetings: Tuesdays at 5pm

Sin Fronteras 

Sin Fronteras is here to create a space for Latinx graduate and PhD Brandeis students to celebrate the Latinx culture and also plan events around advocacy and professional development. 

Meetings: Mondays from 5:00-6:15pm 

Steps to creating a working group 

1. Check the list of current working groups to determine if you can work with an existing group. A streamlined list of working groups means events are less likely to overlap with each other!

2. Draft a short introduction to the objectives, goals and proposed activities of the working group. 

3. Meet with the Assistant Dean of Student and Academic Services, Ravi Lakshmikanthan (kanthan@brandeis.edu), to discuss your idea(s).

Contact Information

Maria Madison, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Office: Heller-Schneider 119

Phone: 781-736-3886

Email: mtm@brandeis.edu