Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Recent Events


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.


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 Reponse. 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)




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


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.