Fellows in Action

2019 Heller MPP Segal Fellow Ashley White virtually presenting her MPP capstone

Congratulations to Heller MPP Segal Fellow Ashley White, who presented her MPP Capstone on 5/11/20 on Making Childcare Work: Tackling the Affordability Crisis in MA. She gained exposure to childcare policy starting with her Segal Fellow Internship with The City of Boston's Economic Mobility Lab last summer.

Special Thank You to our Frontline Workers

Our Segal Fellows work and volunteer in a variety of jobs, fields, and sectors, actively demonstrating our philosophy that there is no one way to be a citizen leader. Some of our Fellows are working during the COVID-19 pandemic as front line workers, helping those in need during this crisis. This month we will be highlighting some of the efforts of our Fellows in health care, as they give back (#segalfellowsgive).



2009 Brandeis Segal Fellow Audrey Etlinger Cohen wearing her workday equipment
2009 Heller/MPP Segal Fellow Audrey Etlinger Cohen is a Nurse Case Manager at Whittier Street Health Center in Dorchester MA. She was interviewed and highlighted on the Heller School's website. Please read more about her current work and what she wants people to know about the COVID-19 crisis.
2019 AmeriCorps Segal Fellow Raquél Lynn Pérez
2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow Raquél Lynn Pérez is a registered nurse at Women's and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, working with at-risk patients in the Oncology Department. She was recently interviewed by the Segal Program. Please read an excerpt from that conversation.

Fellow Spotlight: Edith Suarez

Because of the Segal Program, I had the opportunity to work in a housing organization in my hometown of Long Beach, CA, where I had the opportunity to learn from community organizers and connect with other leaders involved in grassroots organizing, both in immigration and mass incarceration as well.

I believe in a higher power, and it is amazing to think that a couple years back during my Segal Interview and in other spaces, I stated that I wasn't sure exactly where I saw myself in 10 years. If I thought about the next few years, I wanted to be involved with issues impacting black and brown communities in the areas of immigration, education, and/or mass incarceration. Today I am currently helping lead a program that is a combination of some of these issues.  Although I am not sure where life will take me, I am inspired by the stories, the wisdom, and the goals that many of the students I work with share with me, both at Brandeis and at Waltham Partnership for Youth. In many ways, the students at Brandeis remind me of my own journey as an undergraduate student, and the stories of the high school students I work with bring me so close to the stories my parents have shared with me about their own journey.

I am currently holding two positions. My full time role at Waltham Partnership for Youth is as a Program Coordinator, where I am helping lead a new collaborative initiative that works with Latinx youth and families who recently arrived in the US from a Spanish speaking country and are still becoming bilingual and/or multilingual. This program intends to become part of the students’ support system, both academically and non-academically, to support them throughout their high school journey to help ensure high school graduation. My part time role is at Brandeis University, where I am the Academic Administrator for the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. There, I am also working with students in a different capacity, and I absolutely enjoy it.  

When I am not working, I am using this time to stay in touch with my family and friends, exercising, practicing family recipes, and spending a bit more time reading and writing. I am currently working towards collecting family recipes and stories. It is great to see my interests align into a project that I can actively work on, and even more exciting to see one of my articles published in medium.com.

Throughout my life, and as I learn more and more about peoples’ journeys, I am reminded that we all need someone to help us, support us, give us a hand, something. The reality is that although sometimes only certain people get the credit, there is always a list of people who played a role in that success, big or small. For me the Segal Fellowship has become that. Not only have I met new people, the opportunity I had going to Long Beach, CA, for my Segal internship allowed me to meet more people and build relationships there, even though I was studying in Boston, MA. Everything is interconnected, and the Segal Fellowship has been part of that connection.

Pictured Above: Edith Suarez (second from right) joined a monthly Segal Convening with YWCA Cambridge Executive Director Eva Martin Blythe in January 2020



We were thrilled to kick off our community of practice (CoP) for politically-engaged Segal Fellows at the end of March with Segal Fellows Jade Eckels, Leila Quinn, Leah Shafer, Jess Kent, and Cathy Burack. Thanks to them and to the many from the Segal community who shared interest in joining the pilot for future sessions. 

Our April CoP will be facilitated by Leila. In addition to being a chance for Fellows to introduce their political interests and experiences, our next session will also focus on how to connect and build understanding across political lines and beliefs. 

If you haven't yet signed up for the CoP, register your interest online or email Susie Flug-Silva at flugsilva@brandeis.edu for more info or the video of the conversation. The energy from March’s group and the excitement about having a space for peer learning and support on this topic is inspiring!

“The Segal Program is a source of inspiration, encouragement and energy. Individual passions drive collective progress. It has helped me expand my connections and resources and my understanding of and respect for social justice issues that aren’t my personal passions.”

Julie Livingstone, 2007 CNCS Segal Fellow