Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Jaila Allen

2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jaila Allen is an activist who was born in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from at Brandeis University in 2021, a Posse Scholar, double majoring in Health: Science, Society & Policy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her time at Brandeis, she was active in cultural groups on campus, joining the e-board as secretary of both the Brandeis African Students Organization and the Caribbean Culture Club. Jaila worked at the Office of Student Financial Services and the Campus Center Team during her school career. In the summer of 2020, she volunteered with Breakthrough Manchester, working to promote the educational growth of minority rising seventh graders by teaching advanced mathematics and origami. In addition to teaching both of these subjects, she was also on the Leadership Board where she worked directly as a liaison between the director of the program and the other teaching fellows, and the Team Events Committee where she assisted in designing programming that helped engage the community through social events. Jaila studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2019. Along with all of her advocacy interests, Jaila loves to read science fiction and crime novels, listen to old school R&B music and binge watch shows on Netflix.