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.

2022 Segal Fellows in Action Panel

Wednesday 9/28, 12:30-1:30pm ET, At Heller (G1) & online

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Hear from Heller MPP and Brandeis Undergraduate Fellows Catherine Gooding, Gabriella Lieberman, Vianny Rodriguez, Jolecia Saunderson, Shania Thomas, and Hannah Wilcove.
Our thanks to our internship partners ACLU of MA, AIPAC, Altarum, Center for Coalfield Justice, Mass NOW, and NAACP LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute for hosting them.
Please register in advance for the event, whether you're joining us in person or online. 

Reproductive Freedom: Legal Rights, Political Context, and Opportunities for Action, A Conversation with Julie F. Kay

Wednesday, October 12, 12:15-1:45pm ET (At Heller & Online)flier with event details for oct 12 event and photos of Julie F. Kay and Maria Madison

As a part of The Office of The Dean's Conversations on Equity and Justice series, The Segal Program and Heller will host "Reproductive Freedom: Legal Rights, Political Context, and Opportunities for Action," a conversation with Interim Dean Maria Madison and Julie F. Kay, attorney, activist, and author.

Kay, and friend and legal colleague of Phyllis Segal, is an expert on women’s human rights domestically and internationally. Her initiatives increase support for access to reproductive rights and religious freedom, advance gender equality and work to prevent family violence and promote women’s economic security. Kay is also the author of Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom.

This event is hosted by the Heller School Dean’s Office and is co-hosted by The Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program. 
You can see the remarks Kay shared as a part of our July Segal Convening on Reproductive Freedoms here.

To join us in person, register here. To join us online, register here.


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.