Fellows in Action

2020 Segal Fellows in Action Panel

Congratulations to 2020 Brandeis/Heller Segal Fellows, Zayna Basma, Alejandra Bonilla, Lydia Casmier Derfler, Mary O’Leary, John Rodrigues, and Irma Zamarripa on presenting about their achievements and their growth during their Segal Summer Internships. Our thanks to the Segal family, Heller Dean David Weil, and the many other Fellows, Founders, organizational partners, and Brandeis community members who joined us. 

You can view the presentations and their individual internship videos online.


Segal Fellows in Media and Arts

There is no one way to be a citizen leader. Segal Fellows are prepared and ready to tackle some of the most intractable challenges the world faces today. One way they do this is to utilize different media forms to make their voices heard and to elevate the voices of those that do not have the same opportunities or access. The Segal Program Fellow in Media and Arts page highlights ways in which Fellows have used articles, podcasts, art and music to extend and elevate their citizen leadership. We encourage all Fellows to let us know of relevant ways you show your leadership for us to highlight and all partners interested in connecting with our Fellows to reach out to the Segal staff so that we can put you in touch.

AmeriCorps Alums @ SYA Awardees Chris Capron, Robyn Pratt and Yancy Singleton

Congratulations to our three newest AmeriCorps Alums @ Service Year Alliance Segal Fellows, Chris Capron, Robyn Pratt and Yancy Singleton. Chris, Robyn and Yancy will join our 2020 National Service Cohort and become lifelong Segal Fellows. 

Check out their bios to hear more about their stories and accomplishments.

Segal Fellow Spotlight: Irma Zamarripa

Because of the Segal Program, I was able to explore my identity as a leader who is passionate about social justice. 

Growing up in Texas, I always understood the importance of using my voice and intersecting identities as catalysts for positive social change. Upon entering college, I learned what it meant to think critically about issues I am passionate about, like education and community political engagement. As a Segal Fellow, I was excited to be matched with NALEO Educational Fund for my Segal Summer Internship. At first, I wanted to gain a better understanding of the role nonprofit organizations have in raising awareness about important issues like the 2020 Census and voting. After finishing this internship, I achieved this goal and was able to envision myself as a future leader in the realm of law and politics. 

Pictured Above: Pictured above (right to left) Irma Zamarripa meeting with Segal buddy Gabby Fish and Segal Fellow Leah Sakala in DC in early 2020.

During my time at NALEO Educational Fund, we developed important projects across the state of Texas to help raise awareness about the #2020Census and voting in the upcoming elections. First was the Texas Road Trip project, which was a virtual event where we were able to connect with important organizations and influential leaders across the state of Texas in order to highlight the importance and implications of participating in the 2020 Census. This opportunity was very meaningful to me because I saw the positive impacts these efforts can have on others, especially underrepresented communities like Latinx communities. It allowed me to understand why they are some of the most undercounted populations across the United States; there are many misunderstandings, fears, and lack of resources associated with the Census, especially within immigrant families. NALEO Educational Fund helps combat these challenges by creating interactive educational opportunities like this road trip. Latinx communities across Texas were able to engage with trusted community speakers and learn about the benefits of getting counted and making their voices heard.

I was also able to connect with other citizen leaders, as well as other Segal Fellows, on an Advocacy 101 Panel. I developed this panel with our colleagues at Texas Counts to empower emerging leaders to participate in civic engagement opportunities. It highlighted community leaders from across the nation who are currently doing social justice work in fields ranging from politics to civic engagement efforts. This opportunity was very important to professional development; I gained valuable insight and skills on how to maintain young generation’s motivation under some of the most stressful conditions like the COVID-19 pandemic that we continue to face as a nation. 

Being part of the Segal Network has provided me with so many opportunities to connect with other Segal Fellows, some of who even supported me in brainstorming for my Advocacy 101 panel, and Fellow John Valinch even served as part of the panel. It has given me a community of amazing leaders to rely on when I need support and motivation. Over the course of the spring Segal Citizen Leadership Curriculum, and now to the end of my internship, I feel I have grown in my ability to leverage my own strengths and experiences towards creating positive change in the world. In a time in which, now more than ever, more people need to be involved in their communities, it is good to know that I can be a useful ally in their efforts.

(Pictured Above) Irma (left) Presenting panelist and Segal Fellow John Valinch (bottom) at her Advocacy 101 panel.
2020 Corporation for National and Community Service Segal Fellows, Lamar Butler and Paul Nolan

Congratulations to our two newest Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Segal Fellows, Lamar Butler and Paul Nolan. Lamar and Paul will join our 2020 National Service Cohort, take part in a paid 1-year Fellowship at CNCS, and become lifelong Segal Fellows. 

Check out Paul Nolan and Lamar Butler's bios to hear more about their stories and accomplishments.


Congratulations to our 2020 Brandeis Segal Fellows on their Segal Summer Internships

Find out more about how these Segal Fellows were building their citizen leadership skills, gaining professional experience, and working with our host site partners to make a positive impact in public health, Latinx political engagement, housing policy, education, technology accessibility in Gateway cities, and fighting against sexual harassment this summer.

Check out their brief individual video summaries or their group panel discussion about their internships and experiences, as they reflected on them afterwards in October 2020.

2020 Brandeis Segal Fellows with their internships

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 summer we are highlighting some of the efforts of our Fellows in health care and education, as they give back (#segalfellowsgive).



“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