Our commitment to build belongingness for all

The Heller School seeks 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.

Dean David Weil says, “As a graduate school dedicated to social justice, Heller has a duty to confront the racial injustice that pervades our social policies, our institutions, and even our school community.” (Read his full statement on Heller's commitment to addressing institutional racism.)

To measure our progress on these goals, we follow the 165 benchmarked metrics outlined by the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and regularly update our progress.

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.

News and Events

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

How One Woman's Story Led to the Creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

"One persistent voice expressing frustration toward the status quo can change the way history is remembered."

31 Stories for 31 Days of AAPI Heritage Month

Every day in May PBS is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with stories that explore aspects of our shared American history.

"The best part is that if we do something every day for a month, perhaps it can become a habit, a way to be, that we continue long after the 31 days are over."

Celebrate API culture, history, and contributions with NAAAP

  • Thursday, May 20 – Leadership & Advocacy Chat with Cecilia Chung
  • Thursday, May 27 – Role of Science and Technology as a Catalyst for Social Change

9th Annual State of Asian Women's Health Conference

A Call to Action in the Face of COVID-19: Defining Solutions with the Asian Community​
Friday, May 21, 2021
11:00am - 3:30pm EST, Zoom