Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Recent Events

2022

Wednesday, September 28: "Segal Fellows in Action"
We were inspired to hear from Heller MPP and Brandeis Undergraduate Fellows Catherine Gooding, Gabriella Lieberman, Vianny Rodriguez, Jolecia Saunderson, Shania Thomas, and Hannah Wilcove about their Segal Summer Internships and ongoing growth as citizen leaders. 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.
Video from the event will be available here soon.

Monday, August 8: "Can we just talk? Talking about race and racism with students during the COVID-19 pandemic"

Headshot of Zora Haque smiling in a flowered shirt

Thank you to those who joined us for a quarterly session, as a part of our ongoing Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community. We heard from Segal Staff Member and Heller Research Associate Zora Haque about the findings of this journal article and her role as co-author, and we discussed how this research connects to your own teaching and/or work with youth and your own ongoing conversations surrounding race and racism.

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. 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

The video from this session is available here.


 

Friday, July 8: Segal Convening on Reproductive Rights

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, and that Phyllis Segal shared closing remarks.

Watch and share the video: https://youtu.be/_IW3zLZtQWU

Wednesday, June 1: Rainbow Capitalism, SCOTUS Implications & Having a Meaningful Pride

2022 Heller Segal Fellow Hannah Wilcove led our June Fellow-Led-Feature about rainbow capitalism and corporate social responsibility, including how companies “rainbow wash” and what HRC’s annual Corporate Equality index does and doesn’t cover around supporting the LGBTQ+ community. We also talked about what Pride means to each of us and about the implications of the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization for the LGBTQ+ community and justice movement. This was a chance to celebrate Pride Month and learn more about who is and isn’t meaningfully supporting LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

  • Video from the event is available here. Hannah's Heller coursework on Rainbow Capitalism and CSR is available here.

Thursday, May 26: Segal Fellow Experience Listening Session
Our thanks to the Fellows who joined program leadership from the Advisory Board, Segal family, and staff for a listening session to complement the feedback from Fellows' Annual Surveys and other valued input. They shared stories about what's been most valuable to them about the Segal Program and ideas for how we can improve the Fellowship experience moving forward.

Thursday, April 14: Quarterly RJAR LC Event- Anti-Racist Action Planning Session: Moving from Theory to Action: Segal Fellows joined the Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community (RJAR LC) and Emerald Anderson-Ford of CRED for an all-LC quarterly session on anti-racism action planning. The discussion focused on thinking critically about how we operate in the world and influence all the spaces in which we occupy, exploring what anti-racist action might (continue to) look like in each of our everyday lives and cultivate accountability.

Thursday, April 14: Career Transitions & Making a Difference in Tech: Segal Fellow Anita Yip shared her experience transitioning into different roles and industries, tips and tricks she's learned during the interview process, why tech is a great space to make a difference, challenges being underrepresented in tech, and her experiences in "hackathons" (also called codefests).

Monday, March 28: Grassroots Organizing & Elections: Segal Fellow & 2014 Heller MPP/MBA graduate David Duhalde spoke about his chapter in the new anthology  Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections. David works for NYC's Campaign Finance Board. His chapter focuses on the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential elections. Discussion covered how a single group's actions can symbolize broader tensions beyond any one organization in a tense political moment with lessons for the upcoming presidential contest. His publisher offers a discussion guide to complement the book. Video from event is available here.

Thursday, February 24: Quarterly RJAR LC Event- Anti-Racist Action Planning Session: Moving from Theory to Action: As a part of our ongoing Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Learning Community, Fellows and staff joined together to continue and advance our antiracism journeys, during a session on expanding antiracism work in our everyday lives.

Tuesday, February, 15: Fellow-Led Self-Care Restorative Yoga: Thank you to 2017 SYA Segal Fellow and Certified Yoga Instructor Kareen Sanchez for a restorative class centered on providing self-care and mindfulness through rudimentary yoga, some discussion debunking myths about self care, and sharing simple breathing, chanting, and stretching practice.

Monday, January 24: 2022 Brandeis Cohort Orientation: Congratulations to our new 2022 Brandeis/Heller Segal Fellows: Catherine Gooding, Gabriella Lieberman, Vianny Rodriguez, Jolecia Saunderson, Shania Thomas and Hannah Wilcove on their Segal Fellow Orientation. Thanks to veteran Segal Fellow Mariela Martinez for joining the staff to welcome and orient the new group to the Fellowship.

Thursday, January 6: Capitol Insurrection Reflection: This meeting was an opportunity to take a brief pause in your afternoon to connect with other Segal Fellows, reflect on the Capitol Insurrection, and talk about the continued fight to protect democracy.

2021

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021: Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community December Workshop: Pursuing Antiracism Antiracism Systemically:

We continued our Fall Antiracism Workshop series, moderated by Mikel Brand Oliver of Mpact Consultancy, where we discussed internalized and interpersonal oppression, as well as how we can disrupt them to pursue antiracism work together. Video from the meeting and slides/workbooks are available upon request for Fellows only.

Thursday, November 18, 2021: Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community November Workshop: Pursuing Antiracism Antiracism with Others:

We continued our Fall Antiracism Workshop series, moderated by Mikel Brand Oliver of Mpact Consultancy, where we discussed internalized and interpersonal oppression, as well as how we can disrupt them to pursue antiracism work together. Video from the meeting and slides/workbooks are available upon request for Fellows only.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021: Holding Myself Accountable: A Fireside Chat with Emerald Anderson Ford: 

As a part of our ongoing Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community, we joined to brainstorm and learn about ways to hold ourselves and those closest to us accountable through our equity journeys and to discuss what antiracism work looks and feels like. Video and group reflections from the meeting is available upon request for Fellows only.

Friday, October 29, 2021: October Staff-Led Convening: 7-Day Neurodiversity Inclusion Challenge, and Sharing Experiences with Disabilities. In October, we discussed selections from the Heller 7-day Neurodiversity Inclusion Challenge, an opportunity to develop a better understanding and awareness of the need for true inclusion and acceptance in the Brandeis community and beyond of those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other neurological disabilities. One source of information and experiences was Segal Program Coordinator Kyle Richard, who spoke about working with ADHD. Materials from the Feature available on our website. Video from the meeting is available upon request for Fellows only.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Segal Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community October Workshop: Pursuing Antiracism within Myself:

This month’s topic was “Pursuing Antiracism Work Within Myself” and is part of a three-part series of conversations that will run through December.  Video from the meeting and slides/workbooks are available upon request for Fellows only.

Friday, October 15, 2021: Segal Program Fellows in Action Panel: Fellows Adam Jones, Andrea Tyree, Catherine Romero, Maria Aranibar, Mariela Martinez, Marissa Torelli, and Pierrce Holmes, shared the inspiring stories of their summer internship and Segal Fellow experiences, as well as ways they leveraged their citizen leadership and the Segal Network to help solve some of our world’s most intractable problems and to grow individually and together. 

Video available on the Segal Program Events page.

Thursday, September 30 & Monday, October 4, 2021: Informal Reflection Sessions for the Segal Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community. Virtual all-Learning Community informal reflection session on the 8/6 Kick-Off Session, the ways white dominant cultural norms show up with the Segal Fellowship, the ways we may center white dominant cultural norms, and some impacts on our work/self/family/peers/etc.

Monday, September 13, 2021: September Segal Convening: A Conversation with Candice C. Jones on Investing in Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Reform. Jones is the President and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation. As noted on their website, "For over seventy years, Public Welfare Foundation has supported efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. Today, our efforts focus on catalyzing a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just through investments in criminal justice and youth justice reforms." Candice shared about her career path, committing to taking risks, and leaning into one’s strengths in working towards criminal justice and youth justice reform. (Video is available online)

Friday, August 6, 2021: Segal Program Racial Justice and Antiracism Learning Community Kick-Off: We kicked off the learning community with a virtual live session for all Fellows on Friday, August 6, with asynchronous learning and reflection opportunities to pursue on your own time in August, and additional workshops, discussions, and affinity/caucus spaces to follow over the fall and beyond. Please visit the Racial Justice & Antiracism Learning Community Page for more information.

Thursday, July 29, 2021: Failing Forward and Sharing Personal Experiences Through Public Speaking2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow Raquél Pérez discussed preparing for and representing her experiences through public speaking. The conversation included 5 other Fellows, who all discussed presenting on identity and struggle, as well as building the confidence to speak in front of large audiences about issues that matter. Video from the conversation is available upon request for Fellows only.

Monday, June 28, 2021: Career Chat with Daniel Pereira (Brandeis '08) on Leveraging Communications for Social Change & Sharing His Career Journey: Daniel Augusto Pereira (Brandeis '08) is Director of Communications at The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). A first-generation immigrant from Sao Paulo, Brasil, Daniel was born and raised in Boston as a dual citizen. He most recently served as the Communications Director for T1D Exchange, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to better, longer lives for people with type 1 diabetes. Daniel's 13 years in the communications field have included roles in the nonprofit and private sector, and he has worked to leverage his communications experience for social change. He shared with Fellows about his winding career path and the process of getting to where he is today. Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with majors in English and Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism. (Video is available online)

Thursday May 27, 2021: May Fellow-Led Feature: Ideas and Feedback for resmrkt: an accessible startup in the career development space: 2014 Brandeis Segal Fellow Gabby Zilkha discussed the genesis of her new venture, resmrkt, a digital marketplace for people to access affordable professional development services, and assure accessibility in the process. We would like to thank the seven Fellows who joined the conversation, offered feedback, and created connections to this great opportunity. Video from the meeting is available upon request for Fellows only.

Week of April 26-30, 2021: Listening Sessions with the Segal Family: The Segal Program held four Segal Fellow Listening & Connection Sessions, which were a chance for Fellows to connect with one another, Segal Program staff, and Founders Phyllis and Mora Segal. Each group explored life and career connections and ideas that inspired them, and we took the chance to get feedback from Fellows’ about The Segal Program. Thanks to the more than 20 Segal Fellows and Founders who participated, including Fellows who joined the program back in 2008, through those who joined us this year.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Informal April Segal Fellow Chat:  This session, was an informal Fellow chat and a great chance for a range of newer and older Fellows to connect. We took a few moments to share more about our plans for the Fellow-led August 2021 Segal Program Racial Justice and Antiracism Summit.

Thursday, March 25, 2021: March Convening: Fellow-Led Feature: Blogging for Social Change: Moderated by 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow Darius Caffey, we discussed his work with the blog The Closet Unlocked and how blogging can be used to enact change in your community. Video is available by request krichard@gmail.com

February 25. 2021: February Convening: Segal Network Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We met to discuss various Segal Network responses to the COVID pandemic. As Founder Phyllis Segal summarized, this group was an inspiring example of the many ways each of us can take action and the breadth of our Segal Network’s response to COVID-19. Thanks to Fellows in healthcare Raquél Pérez and Imani Islam, to Partners Innovation80 and Freedman Consulting, and to Phyllis for sharing their work.

January 20, 2021: Inauguration Viewing Event for Fellows and Network Partners. Informal viewing of the swearing in of the Biden/Harris administration and our first woman, first Black, and first South Asian Vice President.

January 8, 2021: Segal Fellow Check In & Chat About Capitol Riots: The Segal Program hosted an informal chat for Fellows to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the events that transpired during the Capitol Riots on 1/6/21, the larger/ongoing issues they tie into, and how we continue to move forward.

2020

December 8, 2020: Fellow-Led Feature: Higher Unlearning Podcast with Le'otis Boswell-Johnson. Hosted by Le'otis Boswell-Johnson, Fellows joined for a riveting conversation about the ongoing podcast of Le'otis Boswell-Johnson who along with his co-host talk about their experience as educators attempting to decouple Black stigma, stereotypes, and prevailing attitudes in education.

Video from the event is available online

December 1, 2020: Digitally-Divided to Digitally-United: Early Lessons from the Pandemic Response. The Segal Program co-sponsored the release of MassINC's report "Going for Growth: Promoting Digital Equity in MA Gateway Cities" and hosted a panel discussion on how resources can be channeled in a targeted fashion to accelerate this work. Speakers included: Dr. Maria Madison, Associate Dean, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, and Director of the  Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School at Brandeis University (panel moderator); Zayna Basma, Segal Fellow and Heller MPP/MBA Candidate (report findings presenter); MA State Representative Andy Vargas, Third Essex (Haverhill); Dan Noyes, Co-CEO, Tech Goes Home; and Jacqulyn Gantzer, Director of Remote Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Video from the panel discussion is available online

A copy of the report is available for viewing

November 23, 2020: Segal Fellow Moving Forward Post-Election Chat: Segal Fellows met with Program staff to discuss thoughts, feelings and actions following the outcomes of the 2020 election.  

November 4, 2020: Segal Fellow Post-Election Chat: Segal Fellows met with Program staff to discuss immediate responses to the results of the 2020 election.

October 26, 2020: 2020 Segal Fellows in Action Panel: Segal Fellows Zayna Basma, Alejandra Bonilla, Lydia Casmier Derfler, Mary O’Leary, John Rodrigues, and Irma Zamarripa presented on their achievements and their growth during their Segal Summer Internships and beyond.

You can view the group panel discussion and their individual internship videos online.

October 14, 2020: Fellow-led Feature: Law Op-Eds by Segal Fellow Jordan Rothman. Hosted and Facilitated by Segal Program Coordinator Kyle Richard, Jordan discussed communicating through Op-eds and Podcasts, as well as his experience speaking on matters of law and student debt relief. Video is available from the event online.

October 7, 2020:  Details of the meeting are below, Taking Election Action hosted by 2009 Brandeis Segal Fellow Jason Gray, who has worked in field campaigning for both Barack Obama's 2012, and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. (Video by request) 

September 21, 2020: September Segal Convening on Peace Corps and International Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hosted by RPCVs Kareen Sanchez (2017 SYA Segal Fellow) and Kyle Richard (Segal Program Coordinator). Video is available from the event online.

August 19, 2020: August Fellow-led Feature:The 2020 Uprising: Why are organizers calling to #DefundPolice? Moderated by Segal Fellow Gabriel Fontes. Informational and actionable resources can be found on our #defundthepolice resource page.

August 11, 2020: Informal Segal Fellow chat on work/life balance. Moderated by Segal Fellows Damond Ford and Marianne Sierocinski.

July 27, 2020: July Community of Practice for politically-engaged Fellows: Campaigning and Election Efforts During the Time of COVID. Moderated by Segal Fellow Jess Kent with campaign advice from Segal Fellow John Valinch. (Video is available on request)

Tuesday July 21, 2020: July Segal Convening on Designing for Equity. Presented by Segal Fellows Damond Ford and Cali Moore. (Video is available on request)

Monday, June 22, 2020: June Fellow-led Feature on Do the Right Thing: a Spike Lee Joint. Hosted by 2017 Brandeis Segal Fellow Marcelo Brociner (Video is available by request). 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020: Segal Fellow Community of Practice: Building understanding across political differences. Hosted by 2017 Segal Fellow Leila Quinn, Fellows discussed ways in which we can encourage dialogue across beliefs. Prereadings included: Essential Partners' "Reaching Across the Divide" and a 2016 New York Times article "Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversation On Difficult Issues."

Friday, May 1, 2020: Segal Fellow Convening: Conversation with Empowerment Through Intergration on their work to promote the achievement of a genuinely inclusive society through the recognition and elimination of stigma against disability, acknowledging and rejecting bias, and elevating respect for individual value, and on what that looks like in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Video available online)

Tuesday April 21, 2020: April Fellow-led Feature on Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life by Author and Segal Program Founder Laura Gassner Otting. (Video available online

Wednesday March 25, 2020: Segal Fellow Convening: Working with Youth on the Climate Crisis with Sunrise MetroWest Hub Coordinator Kyle Richard (Video available online)

Thursday February 27, 2020: Segal Fellow-led Feature: Parasite by Bong Joon Ho. Moderated by Segal Fellow Jade Eckels.

Saturday, January 25, 2020: Brandeis 2020 Segal Fellow Orientation & Veteran Fellow Panel. (Not recorded)

Friday, January 24, 2020: Segal Fellow Convening: A Conversation with Eva Martin-Blythe about the YWCA USA's Work to Eliminate Racism and Empower Women. (Video available online)

 

2019

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Segal Book Club: Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist". Moderated by Heller School Associate Professor Ted Johnson. (video available here)

November 1-3, 2019: Segal Fellow Retreat at Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley MA

Monday, October 7, 2019: Segal Fellows in Action Presentations (video available here)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: (12:00-1:00) : September Convening (open to public): Open Internet and Leveraging for Social Justice, with presenter Gene Kimmelman of Public Knowledge (video available here)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019: (8:00-9:00pm EST): May Convening: Retreat Reflections & Hopes.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019: (7:00-8:00pm EST): March Convening: Resiliency in Current Career and Job Search, with Heller's Associate Director of the Career Development Center, Erica Hodes. (video available here

Tuesday, February 13, 2019: (7:00-8:00pm EST): Fellow-Led Book Group: bell hooks’ “all about love”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019: (7:00-8:00pm EST): Localized Understandings of Climate Change. Segal convening hosted by Segal Program Coordinator Kyle Richard, with Segal Fellows Brian Schon & Johnny Enterline

2018

December 2018: Fellow-Led Book Group on New Power (video available to Fellows and Founders via password, please contact krichard@brandeis.edu)

November 2018: Segal Election Reflection (video available here)

October 2018: Fellow-Led Book Group on The Hate U Give (Segal Fellow Host Tanika Lynch)

October 2018: Segal Fellows in Action: 2018 Summer Internships & Ongoing Citizen Leadership

Hear from our 2018 Brandeis Segal Fellows about their summer internships and ongoing efforts as citizen leaders.

August 2018: Fellow-led Book Group with Segal Founder Peter Edelman on his book Not a Crime To Be Poor (Professor Edelman Q & A)

June 2018: See highlights from our 10th Anniversary

May 2018: Moving Forward in Your Career, with Russ Finkelstein of Clearly Next

April 2018: "Applying to Work in the Federal Government: A conversation on why and how to apply with a Segal Founder and Fellow"with Marlene Zakai (Corporation for National and Community Service) and Margaret Levy (2008 Heller Segal Fellow) (45 minute video)

Fellows visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of the Segal 10th Anniversary Retreat in Washington, D.C.
Fellows visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of the Segal 10th Anniversary Retreat in Washington, D.C.