Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Upcoming Events

The Segal Program is proud to offer regular events and trainings for our Fellows and the larger Segal Network. Each event is a way for Fellows to discuss and prepare to take action around important issues, as well as a chance to connect with each other and our Founders and partners, as they move forward on their citizen leadership journey. Check out our recent events, as well.

August: Quarterly Segal Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community Session: "Can we just talk? Talking about race and racism with students during the COVID-19 pandemic"

Monday, August 8, 4-5pm ET online

Join us for a quarterly session, as a part of our ongoing Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has occurred alongside the “twin” pandemic of societal structures reaching what could be considered a breaking point in race-based discrimination and violence in the United States. A study of two Brandeis undergrad courses conducted throughout this period of time points to the importance of teaching college students how to talk about race and racism in the classroom, and emphasizes the significance of centering these discussions in higher education.
Headshot of Zora Haque smiling in a flowered shirt
Hear from Segal Staff Member and Heller Research Associate Zora Haque about the findings of the journal article and her role as co-author, and take part in group discussions that will connect her research to your own teaching and/or work with youth and your own ongoing conversations surrounding race and racism.

You can read the journal article "Can we just talk? Exploring discourses on race and racism among U.S. undergraduates during the COVID-19 pandemic" here.

Please register in advance online.


July Segal Convening on Reproductive Rights

Thank you to those who joined us on July 8. As we process and move forward from The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, we heard from Segal Fellows and partners working across the reproductive rights field for an informal session to learn about their efforts and how folks can be a part of the movement at all levels. Speakers included Segal Fellows Emily Bishop (formerly of Planned Parenthood and Supermajority) and Audrey Etlinger Cohen (Director Of Nursing and Clinical Services at Women’s Health Services). We were honored that Julie F. Kay, legal titan and author of Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom, also joined us to share some informal remarks and and calls to action.

Watch and share the video: https://youtu.be/_IW3zLZtQWU
Thank you to July Segal Convening Speakers on Reproductive Rights with screenshot of panelists Audrey Cohen, Emily Bishop, and Julie Kay speaking on Zoom

Monthly RJAR LC Affinity/Caucus Group Gatherings

  • Black & African American Affinity Space: (meetings every third Wednesday of the month; contact Conveners Robyn Pratt or Le’Otis Boswell-Johnson, or Susie for more details)
  • "Robyn Pratt, a 2020 Segal Fellow, and Le’Otis Boswell Johnson, a 2018 Segal Fellow, co-lead the Segal Black and African American Affinity! As a member of the Black community, we welcome you to our Segal Fellowship Black and African American Affinity Space with open arms and hearts. This group was formed to build community, support each other, and discuss how our culture, background, and experiences can and should show up in our roles as well as inform and influence our work, in and out of the Segal Fellowship. We understand that some folks may be a part of the mixed race affinity space and we want to honor your black/aa identity, uplift your experience and background and invite you to join both this space and the mixed race space. You are welcome here.”
  • White Caucus Group: (monthly meeting times vary; contact Conveners Lila Givens or Chris Capron, or Susie for more details)
  • If you’re interested in helping convene another affinity group, please contact Susie. Affinity groups for our Latinx, APIDA, and Multiracial Fellows are still under development

Segal Program Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community

Please visit the Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community Page for more information.

We're excited to already have 30 Fellows signed up for our Segal Program Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community (RJAR LC). You can still join us and sign up


Segal Fellows and staff discussing systemic racism and police brutality


Regular Virtual Segal Gatherings

The Segal Program hosts events monthly, alternating between bi-monthly Segal Convenings with guest speakers from inside and outside of the Segal Network and bi-monthly Fellow-Led Features, where Fellows talk with other Fellows about an item (book, movie, article, blog, podcast, etc.) that they've created or that has inspired their thinking.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fellows have met even more frequently to connect, reengage with the Program, and create support systems during difficult times. We will post upcoming informal Fellow chat times here, when there are multiple weeks without another convening scheduled. 

Meeting of the Summit Planning Committee

During our formal and informal chats, conversations have created space for dialogue around issues of racism at all levels (individual through systemic), police brutality, and the importance of antiracist work, as well as how recent and ongoing issues and events, including the rise in Anti-Asian Racism, the killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, are impacting our Fellows are the larger world.

To learn more about the ways the Segal Program has continued these efforts and conversations please see our anti-racism update page.