Segal Program

Professional Development

2016 MPP Segal Fellows Dan McConvey and Brie McLemore, and 2013 Brandeis Segal Fellow Jenn Recinos networking at 2016 Segal Fellow Retreat

Along with having lifetime access to the Program's ever-expanding Segal Network, Segal Fellows also have access to resources from the Segal Program and information from Founders and partners regarding upcoming job opportunities. 


Helping You Plan for Career & Continued Schooling

We’re here to help you think about your growth as citizen leaders, including career, college, and graduate school planning. We’re often writing recommendation letters for recent Fellows who we know well or connecting Fellows with others in the Segal Network who have pursued similar degrees or are in similar career fields. Please reach out to Susie and Kyle (, if you would like to talk more about your grad school or career planning (or offer to share advice with others).

Jade Eckels, Segal Fellow
2016 Segal Fellow Jade Eckels
"Becoming a Segal Fellow fundamentally shaped the direction of my career. I served as a Segal Fellow Intern in D.C. in an education policy-focused role. This internship experience inspired me to apply to graduate school programs centered around education policy. When I met Segal Program Director Susie Flug-Silva in my senior year at Brandeis, I discovered that she is an alum of the Urban Education Policy (UEP) master's program at Brown University. She graciously answered my questions about the program and went above and beyond by providing a recommendation letter for me. I was accepted to the UEP program and graduated with my master's degree in 2019. It's impossible to overstate the influence that the Segal Program has had on my life and career. I continue to be inspired by the work of other Fellows and strive to be a citizen leader in all that I do."
- 2016 Brandeis Segal Fellow Jade Eckels

Political-Engagement-Focused Community of Practice 

On May 20, we were thrilled to have 13 Segal Fellows and staff members, including host and 2018 Segal Fellow Leila Quinn, join together for our second Community of Practice (CoP) for politically-engaged Fellows. The important topic of discussion was about how to connect and build understanding across  political values and beliefs. Thanks to Leila for her skillful facilitation and to all who participated. Those on last night’s CoP encouraged other Fellows to check out the readings: 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."  Contact Susie to sign up for or volunteer to host future CoPs.

Communities of Practice (CoPs) "are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” The main components include:
-“A shared domain of interest” (in this case, political engagement),
-A community, where “members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information,” and
-Development of “a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice.”

To join our Communities of Practice or volunteer to host a future session, contact Susie (flugsilva(at) We are seeking additional Fellows to help facilitate a regular CoP on racial justice, as we have one Fellow who's already volunteered to facilitate, once we find other Fellows to join her.



Virtual Discussion of Second CoP hosted by Leila Quinn (first picture on top left)

Rhonda Shackleford-Ulmer Leadership Development Fund

Fellows can apply for funding (usually up to $280) each year to support your growth as a Citizen Leader. 

Acceptable uses for funds have included:

  • Conference entry costs
  • Travel costs for trainings and events
  • Financing Certification Programs

To apply: please fill out this form with all relevant information on your upcoming development opportunity