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Segal Fellow Spotlight: Mary O'Leary

2020 Heller MPP Segal Fellow Mary O'Leary

Because of the Segal Program, I am more confident in myself and my future goals.

I am passionate about solving issues of gender-based violence - whether that is sexual harassment in the workplace or harmful societal narratives. After graduation, I aim to work in Washington, DC, to influence policy change on the national level. Having worked with TIME’S UP for my Segal Internship last summer, I am confident in the path I am on and welcome what the future has in store for me. I am currently a third year MBA/MPP student focusing on gender equity, with an intersectional framework. I am looking forward to moving back to the Waltham area shortly and to reconnecting with the Brandeis community (without screens!).

Pictured Above: Mary O'Leary with her "Office Buddy" Rambo her sister's dog who often would keep her company during her work with TIME'S UP

Last summer I was happy to join the team at TIME’S UP Healthcare in Washington, DC, as a Segal Fellow Intern. My experience at TIME’S UP was at the intersection of COVID-19 and the increased public emphasis on racial justice and police brutality. As a health policy intern, I helped to research best practices and provide recommendations for healthcare executives to implement. These best practices and recommendations were all centered in equity, anti-racism and workers' rights. Additionally, with my supervisor Dr. Lauren Powell, I was able to collect first-hand experiences and knowledge via professionals, patients, and workers, in the public health and healthcare spaces. I was also able to continue my work past the summer internship, providing research and assistance to TIME’S UP’s programming. I am proud to have been able to continue my work past my summer position. Overall, my experience underscored the importance to listen to and to amplify the voices of those doing the work and experiencing the injustices at the epicenter. 

Being a part of the Segal Network has given me such a support system via my fellow Fellows and the Segal staff. I remember how hard Susie and Kyle worked to help me land my internship at TIME’S UP - even as the COVID-19 pandemic presented a myriad of challenges. I am so grateful to have a group of people to support and to feel supported by. In my time with Segal, I have been able to share with my peers and colleagues all of the great work I have done through my Segal Internship, culminating in me presenting my accomplishments at the 2020 Segal Fellows in Action Presentations. I look forward to serving more as a mentor and support system for future Fellows that join the Program.

Pictured Above: Mary O’Leary presenting her Segal Internship with TIME’S UP Healthcare

2021 Segal Summer Internships

Congratulations to our 2021 Brandeis Segal Fellows on embarking on their summer internships, and thank you to our organizational partners. This year our Fellows are tackling issues related to HIV & health equity, childcare and student debt initiatives in Boston, racial equity policy, policing reform, international peace building, youth immigration, and education advocacy through law. The 2021 Segal Summer Internship page has full details on each internship, our partners, and their great work together  this summer to promote social justice.



Fellow in Action Highlights

Learn more about how are Segal Fellows are also making a difference around voting rights/election engagement and the COVID pandemic.

Segal Fellow COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Segal Fellows Election Spotlight 

Segal Fellows in Media



“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