Leah Igdalsky, Undergraduate Segal Fellow
Leah Igdalsky, Brandeis class of 2014, is studying Psychology and Hispanic Studies with a minor in Social Justice & Social Policy. Leah works at the Greater Waltham Arc, a non-profit that serves persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Waltham community and as a research assistant for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School. Leah intends to use the knowledge of disability, research and policy-making that she gains in the classroom and on-the-job to make meaningful change in the field of disability policy, strengthening the connection between research findings and action. Leah enjoys volunteering with Brandeis Buddies, a program that bring Brandeis undergraduates together with adults with developmental disabilities who work on campus for recreational and social activities. Leah is studying Spanish language and culture in Seville, Spain during the spring 2013 semester. In her free time, Leah enjoys listening to music and writing. She has been published in her hometown newspaper, The Hartford Courant, the Brandeis newspaper, The Justice, and The Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life Ethical Inquiry series.
Lys Joseph, Undergraduate Segal Fellow
Lys Joseph, class of 2014, is pursuing majors in Politics and Health: Science, Society and Policy. Lys plans on pursuing a career in health policy and management to regulate and mitigate healthcare cost drivers in the United States. He strives to increase access of quality health care to individuals of low socioeconomic status. In past summers, Lys developed a firsthand understanding for issues in his community through internships with New York City Council Member Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. At Brandeis, Lys serves as the Junior Representative to the Student Union’s Provost Advisory, Public Safety, and Undergraduate Curriculum Committees. He is also the Health Policy Representative to the Brandeis Health and Fitness Club, where he reviews and proposes healthy food options to the Brandeis student body. In his spare time, Lys participates in the Brandeis Boxing club, Men of Color Association and is a student ambassador for the Brandeis National Committee. In addition, Lys mentors a young male of color in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. He is always seeking to help underprivileged students from inner cities pursue their goals.
Heleena Mathew, Undergraduate Segal Fellow
Heleena Mathew, Brandeis Class of 2015, is majoring in International and Global Studies with a minor in English. She was born in Akola, India but immigrated to the U.S. when she was six to pursue an American education. During her freshman year at Brandeis University, Heleena worked as a grassroots organizer for the campaign to reelect President Obama and built support for him on campus. Over the summer, she passed on her knowledge to a team of community organizers and staffed events for the President and First Lady. She went on to become the Co-Campus Director for Massachusetts in the Obama 2012 campaign. In this position she managed around 200 students and built college teams from the ground up to campaign throughout New Hampshire. Currently, she is preparing to spend a year abroad in South America. Heleena is passionate about rights for immigrants and women and hopes to work towards progress for both these groups. In her spare time she enjoys writing and running.
Jennifer Recinos, Undergraduate Segal Fellow
Jennifer Recinos, Brandeis class of 2014, was born and raised in the "Arts Capital" of Providence, RI. As a daughter of immigrants, Jenn has a passion for culture and diversity and as a Transitional Year Program Scholar, she has learned to embrace her Guatemalan roots and turn her struggles into strengths. Jenn has volunteered in immigrant movements on and off campus as well as a variety of other fashions. During her Brandeis career, Jenn has been awarded the Social Justice World of Work Scholarship and was able to intern at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights as an Investigative Intern researching and closing cases of discrimination throughout the state. She also interned for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in DC. Jenn intends to use visual media to share her knowledge. She has delved into filmmaking in the Justice Brandeis Film Program as well as the nearby production house Viewpoint Creative in Newton, Mass. Jenn wants to give back to her network of family and friends and to be the voice for those who are silenced and the bridge for those who encounter gaps in the road.
Manoo Sabety-Javid, Undergraduate Segal Fellow.
Manoo Sabety-Javid, Brandeis class of 2014, is pursuing dual degrees in politics and economics. After living in England, Iran, and France, he decided to return to his country of citizenship for college as a Lerman-Neubauer Fellow. He has since cofounded a Brandeis Amnesty International chapter, revived the formerly defunct Brandeis Economics and Finance Review, and served as President of the Brandeis Business Club. He has interned at the United Nations and the Massachusetts Export Center, and works as a research assistant at Brandeis’ Politics Department. His interests lie in bettering society through economic policy.
Rachael Weiker, Master's in Public Policy Segal Fellow
Rachael is an MBA/MPP candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, focusing her studies on economic development and entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board for Main Street Partners, a start-up nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting services to small businesses. Her previous professional experience focused on nonprofit administration, most recently for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In her native state of Wisconsin she served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity and was awarded the 2006 title of Outstanding Young Philanthropist from the Madison Association of Fundraising Professionals. Rachael graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She currently lives in Somerville and enjoys baking and training for triathlons.