Citizen Leadership Curriculum

(left to right in foreground) Segal Fellows Jade Eckels, Leila Quinn, Sylvia Stewart, and Bria Price at 2018 Segal Fellow Orientation

The Segal Program welcomes all new Fellows during their first year through an interactive, competency-based citizen leadership curriculum taught by Program staff. This curriculum is designed to build a common language and knowledge base across Fellows around our core competencies and to help prepare Fellows to be thoughtful, social-justice-focused leaders, while building a sense of community among our incoming cohort of Fellows. Highlights include:

(from left to right) Segal Program Founder Phyllis Segal, CYC Director Susan P. Curnan, 2020 Brandeis Segal Fellows John Rodrigues, Lydia Casmier and Irma Zamarripa

Curriculum Overview

  • Understanding and applying lessons from social policy and history
    • Fellow-led presentations on the history of movements that inspire them
  • Acting as “citizens of the world,” who lead socially just change and understand effective leadership
    • Strengths-based leadership (Strengthsfinder2.0)
    • Exploration of leadership styles (Leadership Compass)
    • What leaders balance (process, results, relationships)
  • Having visionary goals and building social capital
  • Coalition and relationship building
    • Group/Professional values and norms
    • Leveraging relevant experiences from Fellows’ past
  • Communicating, collaborating, and learning with diverse communities, and honoring diversity of thought, lessons and individuals
  • Understanding the role of privilege in society and how to leverage it
  • Using evaluation as a tool for social justice
  • Recognizing and inspiring leadership and mentoring others
  • Bringing it all together and moving forward with your leadership

This is just a sample of some of the elements highlighted in our curriculum. We are always looking to expand our curriculum based on the input of our Fellows and partners. Feel free to share your ideas by contacting Segal Program Director Susie Flug-Silva at (flugsilva@brandeis.edu).