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Heller graduates pose in front of Spingold Theater

Commencement 2019: “At Heller I Found the Community I Needed”

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University celebrated its 2019 Commencement festivities on a beautiful spring weekend in May. As always, the celebration began on Saturday afternoon with a reception for all graduating students, their families and faculty members in Zinner Forum at the Heller School. Then, bright and early on Sunday morning, 197 graduates and a host of families, friends and loved ones filled the Spingold Theater Arts Center for Heller’s commencement ceremony. The graduates—185 master’s and 12 doctoral degree recipients—represent over 30 countries and speak over 40 languages.

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Thomas Shapiro working at a laptop in a conference room

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

How Rainy-Day Funds Could Become a Mainstream Workplace Benefit

In this Perspectives column for Heller Magazine, Professor Thomas Shapiro explores how workplace emergency savings funds could help workers cope with financial crises.

Pallavee Panchal in front of the Citi office building

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

Bringing Big Business to the Fight Against Climate Change

Pallavee Panchal, MBA/MA SID'16, is advancing corporate sustainability at Citi, the 200-year-old multinational banking and financial services company.

Michael Levine looking at a cell phone with muppet Abby Cadabby

Heller News Release
May 23, 2019

From Social Policy to Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop's chief knowledge officer Michael Levine, PhD'85, on his career in early education and child development.

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

Who is your social justice hero?

Heller community members share stories of those who have inspired them in their work

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on their passion for service, why they chose Heller and their lifelong bond

Heller News Release
May 22, 2019

Shepherd, scholar and social entrepreneur

Roba Bulga Jilo, MBA/MA SID’19, fights for the rights of indigenous people around the world — including his own tribe in Ethiopia

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

Anita Hill Worries Female 2020 Candidates Are ‘Not Being Taken Seriously’

In the New York Times, Anita Hill says she is concerned that female candidates are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

Anita Hill, Bob Woodward Honored At Annual PEN American Gala

AP covers PEN America's annual benefit gala, where actress Lupita Nyong'o presented Anita Hill with its Courage Award.

Heller in the News
May 22, 2019

Rapid Opioid Cutoff Is Risky Too, Feds Warn

In Pew, Andrew Kolodny says reports of pain patients suffering because of misapplication of the CDC’s guidelines are exaggerated.

Heller in the News
May 20, 2019

Debunking Myths About Wealth and Race

Inequality.org quotes a 2017 study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that showed single-parent white families have twice as much wealth as two-parent black and Latinx families.

Heller in the News
May 20, 2019

‘A better world is possible,’ Anita Hill tells Lesley graduates

In the Boston Globe, Anita Hill says we have a stake in improving the lives of those around us.

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

MPP Commencement Speakers: Bria Price, MPP'19, and Nick Young, MPP'19

Bria Price, MPP'19, and Nick Young, MPP'19, thank their classmates for their unwavering support and urge them to continue to speak hard truths and understand problems before finding solutions.

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