The mission of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program is to foster the next generation of citizen leaders. It was established to honor and continue the work of the late Eli Segal ’64, his wife Phyllis, and their commitment to developing new generations of leaders.

The Program is a constantly expanding, intergenerational constellation of citizen leaders working across all sectors, who give each other lifelong support as they devise solutions to society’s most intractable problems. It elevates citizen leadership and service as crucial to the health and well-being of our democracy and communities.

Segal Program Moves to New Heller Home at IERE

We are thrilled to share that Heller’s Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE) will be the new home of the Segal Citizen Leadership Program, beginning July 1. This shift within The Heller School at Brandeis reflects the Segal Program’s expanded focus on racial justice and antiracism work.

Celebrating the change, Segal Program Director Susie Flug-Silva shared: “This move to IERE allows us to deepen our focus on and commitment to racial justice and economic equity even further and to leverage the strengths of the Institute with and for our 148 lifelong Fellows and 500+ Segal Network partners and with the IERE community.” Learn more here.

2022 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow Application Now Open

We're thrilled to partner with Service Year Alliance to offer the 2022 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Leadership Award, which also grants selected awardees entry into the lifelong Segal Fellowship. This annual award recognizes two emerging leaders who are recent national service alumni.

Learn more and apply here. Applications are due by 5pm EST on 8/22/22.

We also encourage national service alumni to check out the generous National Service Scholarships that The Heller School offers.

Fellow Spotlight: Gabriel Fontes

2018 Brandeis Segal Fellow Gabriel Fontes teaches 10th grade English at Leaders High School in Brooklyn. He earned his BA in African & African-American Studies (AAAS) and English from Brandeis University and MEd in secondary English Education from UMass Amherst. His Segal Internship was with the Fight for 15, and he remains active in the labor movement through his involvement with MORE (Movement of Rank and File Educators) in New York City.

Gabriel shared, "Because of the Segal Program, I built relationships with teacher activists and found a new movement home.” Learn more about Gabriel and Segal's support of his professional development.