The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University

Heller graduates, 131 strong, accepted diplomas from Heller's six degree programs on May 18, 2014. Student speakers emphasized the ways in which research and practice in the field of social policy and management pull together to link data to social change. Johnny Charles, MBA '14, brought the audience to its feet with his story of personal perseverance, a five-year journey to obtain the MBA. Dean Lisa Lynch reminded graduates that while they mark the end of their graduate experience, it is only the beginning of changing the arc of communities they will serve. She urged graduates to stay true to Heller's Diversity Pledge, created by students at orientation and hanging in the Zinner Forum. She asked all graduates to commit to form the relationships that result in linking individuals, networks and organizations. "The good news is that as you leave Heller, you have an extraordinary network of classmates and faculty who will pull together with you," Lynch said. Heller graduates assume new positions in a variety of organizations including the Massachusetts State Treasury, CARE International, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Boston Medical Center, Catholic Relief Services, Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, Relational Coordination Analytics and the United Nations Development Programme.

Altman Receives William B. Graham Prize

Stuart H. Altman, PhD, has been named the 2014 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The prize, funded by the Baxter International Foundation and managed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), will be awarded on June 19, 2014, during the AUPHA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Joan Dassin '69 appointed director of SID Program

Dr. Joan Dassin has accepted the position of director of the Sustainable International Development Program at Heller, beginning in July. Dassin, who will succeed long-time and founding director Laurence Simon, is a Brandeis alumna and currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for Latin American Studies and academic visitor at St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

Anita Hill's Senate testimony chronicled in documentary film 'Anita'

The film by director Freida Mock chronicles Anita Hill's testimony at the 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas and connects that time in history with generations not even born in that time period. The film highlights Hill's views on racial and gender inequality.

Award established at Pepperdine University in honor of Heller Professor Emerita Janet Giele

Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology established the Janet Z. Giele Award "to recognize a woman in leadership whose life course is distinguished both by unique obstacles she has overcome and by the remarkable achievements she has accomplished in her chosen field." The 2014 Giele award went to the new medical director of the Martin Luther King Hospital in South Los Angeles.

Institute on Assets and Social Policy's research cited in New York Times

IASP's report found that family leave policies help families build wealth and maintain stable employment.

Prescription data can reduce deaths

Heller's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths and health care costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs.

Center for Youth and Communities researchers issue report

Cathy Burack, Susan Lanspery, PhD '89, Tom Pineros Shields, PhD '14, and others issued a 2014 report entitled "Partnerships that promote success: Lessons and findings from the evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative."

Improving the quality of life for families
and their children
- Heller's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy has released the following reports:

Quality Check: Do young children in US metropolitan areas live in neighborhoods with quality early childhood education?

Children in Double Jeopardy: Do children in US metropolitan areas live in "double jeopardy" neighborhoods?

Unequal Family Leave: Are working parents eligible and can they afford it?

Heller now ranks #3 in the Peace Corps
Coverdell Fellows program

With 53 returned peace corps volunteers enrolled at the Heller School, its Coverdell Fellows ranking jumped to #3 in the U.S.

Heller students earn important recognition

Sydney Skov, MA/SID '15, was selected to receive the Boren fellowship to work with a Kolkata, India, organization that provides rehabilitation to human trafficking survivors.

Carmen Hicks, MPP '14, and Drew Zachary, a doctoral student, were selected as Presidential Management Fellows. Fellows work with federal agencies such as Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

PhD candidates Jenna Sirkin and Cynthia Tschampl received scholarships from AcademyHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to attend AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in San Diego and the Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with ARM, on June 10-11, 2014. Sirkin and Tschampl received these awards for exceptional research work in public health.

Caroline Koch, MPP '15, received the Rappaport Fellowship, which offers a paid, 10-week summer internship in a state or local agency in the Greater Boston area.

Best Capstone Award goes to Heller MPP student for the second consecutive year

MassASPA, the American Society for Public Administration state chapter, awards a capstone award in an annual competition for Massachusetts graduate policy students. Jason Cherry, MPP '14, won the prize this year for his capstone on access to services for Latino and Hispanic residents. Last year's award was also won by a Heller policy student, Annie Moore, MBA/MPP '14.

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Heller Teaching, Mentoring and Staff Service Awards. The annual teaching and mentoring awards are nominated by students. This year's winners are both faculty in Heller's Coexistence and Conflict Program. Anyone at Heller can nominate staff members for the staff service award.

• Teaching Award: Mari Fitzduff
• Mentoring Award: Ted Johnson
• Staff Service Award: Meaghan Cummings

Heller faculty and staff retiring in 2014

Heller extends its deepest gratitude and bids a fond farewell to these retiring long-time faculty and staff:

Susan Holcombe
Professor of the Practice

Claudia Jacobs '70
Associate Director, the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Director, Communications Initiatives.
Jacobs retains an appointment as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Sillerman Center.

Sylvia Pendleton
Senior Research Associate and Librarian

Andrew Hahn, PhD '78
Professor and Director, the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Barry Friedman

Ronny Zinner
May 15, 1943 - March 20, 2014

The Heller community mourns the passing of Vice Chair of the Heller Board of Overseers, and Brandeis Trustee, Rhonda Zinner. Zinner, who with her husband, Michael, established the Zinner Forum in Heller's Irving Schneider and Family Building, passed away in March.

Diverse and fun, Cultural Nights offer Heller students the opportunity to share food and culture.

� Latin American and Caribbean Culture Night
� Pan Regional Cultural Night
� African Culture Night

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A showcase for Heller faculty and researchers

Tuesday Talks is a series featuring Heller faculty and researchers that helps share the intellectual work that the six degree programs and nine research institutes and centers produce. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas across disciplines. The series is open to the Brandeis campus and the public.

Recent presentations include:
Joseph Assan, "Livelihood Diversification as a Strategy for Economic and Environmental Sustainability in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia"

Robert Dunigan, PhD '04, and Mary Brolin, PhD '05,
"From Prison to Community Re-entry: Policies and Practices that Facilitate Positive Change"

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Rwandan President visits campus

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, shared the lessons learned during and following the genocide. Kagame's visit was hosted by Heller's Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict Programs.

MBA Distinguished Management Lecture

The challenge of revitalizing the city of Lawrence presented Mayor Dan Rivera with many management challenges which he shared with Heller students in a candid insider conversation.

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Angela Glover Blackwell named
Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life

Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, director of the Heller School's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP), nominated Blackwell for the inaugural Richman Distinguished Fellow award. ICYFP and Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy were instrumental in her two-day visit to campus where she met with graduate students and moderated a panel of local leaders who posed model strategies to create equity within their communities.

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Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in Bangladesh and Beyond

The Programs in Sustainable International Development hosted a talk by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, the world's largest nonprofit organization. BRAC has over 100,000 employees serving millions in 10 Asian and African countries.

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CEO Conversations

Heller's Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy hosted a panel event about how business leaders can do well and do good through philanthropy and citizen leadership. Moderated by Dean Lisa M. Lynch, the panel included Jonathan Lavine, chair of City Year's National Board of Trustees, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors, LLC, and Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC; Tom Dretler, Co-Founder & CEO of Shorelight Education; and Trish Karter, CEO of LightEffect Farms, LLC, and Co-Founder & Chief Deer, Dancing Deer Baking Company, Inc. Both programs also offer paid internship opportunities for Heller students who are selected through a competition.

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