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Meet our 2019 National Service Segal Fellows


Darius Caffey, 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Darius Caffey is from the south side of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou) and is currently earning his Master of Public Affairs in Non-Profit Management. Throughout college, Darius served as a mentor and program assistant for the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative, which introduced freshmen black males to leadership, involvement, and development opportunities throughout campus through a dual academic curriculum and programming component. He also participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholar internship, where he researched "Black Collegiate Males and the Influence of High School Experiences on Higher Education." After graduation, Darius spent two years serving through AmeriCorps in a public high school in Kansas City, Missouri, with the Missouri College Advising Corps, where he assisted students and families on navigating the complexities of the college admissions, financing, and planning processes. Darius’ passion for service and education is centered around the work that he does, and he will continue in his pursuit of bridging the educational gap for minority youth in higher education.


Renée Gaillard, 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow


Renée Gaillard was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and then lived in Boston, MA, for 8 years before moving to Washington, DC, in 2018. At her foundation, Renée is a nurturer, relationship builder, and community resource broker, focused on the intersections of youth and community development, art, education, and culture. After graduating from Boston University, Renée first worked in international education and then served in AmeriCorps for two terms. Renée served with Mass Mentoring Partnership to help build capacity in mentoring across Massachusetts, through managing a teen mentoring program at her host site, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a resident-led, community-based planning and organizing entity in Roxbury, MA. Currently, Renée lives in Southwest DC and works as a Program Manager at Critical Exposure, which aims to train DC youth to harness the power of photography and their own voices to fight for education equity and social justice. Renée credits her time in AmeriCorps for introducing her to her purpose of serving young people and their communities. She hopes to combine this with her love of libraries and her belief that libraries are the most publicly accessible resource we have and, therefore, can serve as the blueprint and vehicle to move forward in youth and community development.


Diondre Morales, 2019 City Year Segal Fellow

Diondre Morales is a mentor and educator from Denver, Colorado. Diondre recently earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Colorado State University. Diondre's passion for education and mentoring grew from his own journey and from his belief that underrepresented students deserve equal access to resources and opportunities to successfully navigate within an education system that was created without them in mind. This past year, Diondre served as a City Year Denver AmeriCorps Member. Throughout this year of service, Diondre was able to demonstrate how valuable building relationships with students can be. This year, Diondreis continuing his work with students as a middle school Restorative Justice Coordinator, where he will support student improvement academically, as well as through students' social - emotional learning.


Raquél Lynn Peréz, 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Raquél Pérez is a full-time Registered Nurse at Women & Infants Hospital and a part-time Social Media Assistant for the small business, half full, llc. As an RN, Raquél helps people, and as a Social Media Assistant, she highlights people. A 2017 graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Raquel’s first “real world” experiences began when she joined AmeriCorps right after graduation. By joining the Rhode Island program, Accessing Home, Raquél acted as a Resident Services Coordinator for families living in affordable housing owned, developed, and managed by Smith Hill Community Development Corporation. After her year of AmeriCorps service, Raquél continued to work for Smith Hill CDC as their Community Outreach Supervisor, where she trained the next AmeriCorps members and facilitated community connections. Raquél aspires to one day run for Congress using her experiences in the nonprofit, for-profit, and healthcare sectors, to be a representative for all. 


Congratulations to our 2019 Brandeis Segal Fellows on their summer internships!

Check out all of Fellows in the Fellows bio page


Julie Livingstone to receive honor

Congratulations to Julie P Livingstone (2007 CNCS Segal Fellow), and Development Manager at the HYM Investment Group for her announcement as a recipient for the Greater Boston Chamber Pinnacle Award in the Emerging Executive category. She will be sharing this honor with Brandeis University Professor Anita Hill who will be receiving the lifetime achievement award.

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Recent Segal Fellow Engagement Opportunities: The White Card

Through the Segal Program, Fellows Wil Jones and Bria Price had an opportunity to see The American Repertory Theatre’s Production of Claudia Rankine’s The White Card in Boston.  The play, set at a dinner party thrown by an influential couple for an up-and-coming artist, raises questions about who was being captured in the art and why. Rankine also wrote the 2014 New York Times best-selling Citizen: An American Lyric.  

Segal Fellows at The White Card

Wil said, “I found Claudia Rankine’s experience, The White Card to be provocative. Rankine’s use of media weaved throughout the show [as well in her novel Citizen] and  impacts the event in a way that makes the categorization of ‘play’ incomplete. The provocation, however, lies not within the subject matter of the charged dinner conversation, nor the questions surrounding the complexities of Black life and art,  but rather within the [character’s] answers to each other and audience reaction, as it relates to the protagonist Charlotte.”

Bria shared that “Rankine’s work connects back to our Segal Citizen Leader Core Competencies, specifically communicating, collaborating, and learning with diverse communities. At the end of the performance, we stayed for a reflection and discussion on the audiences’ perspectives of the play and the characters. The conversations happening were honest and vulnerable, and it was insightful to see and hear how individuals see the progress of racial injustice in our society today. I was encouraged to share this experience with other peers, Fellows, and family. I saw a gleam of hope that impact and change can happen when conversations lean on communication, active listening, and a vision for successful change efforts.”

Wil and Bria stood out and stood up as citizen leaders, sharing their outlooks on the world during the post-play discussion and posing questions about progress to the audience.

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