The Heller School for Social Policy and Management


Alumni mentorship

Looking for a mentor? Over a dozen Heller alumni have volunteered to act as mentors to students or student working groups in a variety of areas, including mentorship specific to LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and students with disabilities. Contact Maria Madison to learn more.

Near-peer mentorship 

The Heller Near-Peer Mentorship Program connects new coming students at Heller with their peers, current students and recent alumni for academic, professional, personal and social support that is relevant to their needs and culturally competent. This program comprises participants that are in almost the same level of seniority with different level of experiences at the Heller School. 

The Power of Mentorship (VIDEO)

Miles Davis, dean of Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, shares with AACSB Explores his experience with The PhD Project and how it encourages the growth of underrepresented doctoral business students and business educators.

Diversity Council

  • During the 4th quarter of 2017, representatives in the Heller community assessed diversity, equity, and inclusion data created to date. The goal has been to amass the evidence on what has been done, what remains to be done, and how to get the work done. The process includes presenting data on recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff. The process is simultaneously based upon principles of using evidence on institutional, structural, psychological and behavioral barriers to a diverse, equitable society that promotes universal senses of belonging. The process requires years. Toward that end, we are forming a Diversity Council that includes representatives from across the community, including alumni and researchers (with distinctly different needs from other professionals in the community). The Diversity Council members are change agents.    

  • During the 1st Quarter of 2018, we will initiate an annual Heller Climate Survey, collecting individuals’ thoughts and experiences within our community. This survey relies on full community participation to be successful. Success would be defined as not only a representational sample of experiences but also the extremes. 

  • By the  2nd Quarter of 2018, we will be highlighting and promoting interventions beyond cultural competency, the success of which rest on full participation. We will be creating ways to motive and or reward participation and contributions to participate in workshops and trainings.

Throughout this process we will continue to monitor and evaluate diversity, equity and sense of belonging across the institution, its structures and individuals.

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Support at Brandeis

Brandeis University provides comprehensive resources to support our students, faculty and staff. From this site you can access those systems that are available to all members of our community.

Contact Information

Maria Madison, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Office: Heller-Schneider 119

Phone: 781-736-3886