Past and Current Fellows and ProjectsThe seven 2018-2019 Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellows were the second cohort of fellows. Over the course of the spring semester, they successfully implemented seven different projects in the community.
- Completed 28,000 minutes of service
- Invested over $16,000 in the local community
- Formed 50 new campus partnerships and supporters
- Attended 20+ hours of leadership development per fellow
- Recruited 40 Brandeis volunteers
- A series of free health clinics for Waltham citizens to offer free blood pressure/sugar readings to enhance local public health (Ariella Levisohn, Family Van).
- A college access and preparation workshop series and college tour field trip for first-generation students of color at the Boys and Girls Club (Melissa Nicolas, Boys and Girls Club).
- A digital technology workshop to establish long-term technological skill support for people experiencing homelessness (Ryan Shaffer, Community Day Center).
- A conference focused on self-care for women, non-binary, & femme youth of color from Waltham who are going into the STEM field (Marleny Nunez, Waltham Partnership for Youth).
- A legal translation training series for Brandeis students to become translators who provide weekly immigration legal support for Spanish-Speaking immigrants (Alejandra Bonilla, The Right to Immigration Institute).
- An enhanced series of Brandeis-supported art, science, and cultural programming for youth as part of "We Own Fridays" program (Lucy Wingard, Boys and Girls Club).
- Construction of the first-ever multilingual and multicultural library, as well as leadership training and a free library card for local high school refugees and immigrants (Gabriel Fontes, Boston International Newcomer's Academy).
The seven 2017-2018 Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellows were the inaugural class of Rich/Collins Fellows. Collectively, they successfully implemented six different projects over the course of the spring semester.
In one semester, these seven fellows:
formed 12 new campus partnerships
worked with 35 different community partners
invested $7,010 in the local Waltham community
finished over 1,000 minutes of leadership development
completed over 700 hours of community service in one semester
In addition, the seven students completed six incredible community impact projects which included:
a study analyzing healthcare treatment in hospitals for people experiencing homelessness (Josh Lepson/Community Day Center of Waltham; PDF)
a nutrition-based podcast for local Waltham residents (Joanna Le and Jesse Yang/Waltham Fields Community Farm; PDF)
a Waltham community resource fair featuring over 24 social services vendors (Lan Mi/WATCH CDC; PDF)
a 4-part animal rights education/service series (Sarah Ernst, Buddy Dog Humane Society; PDF)
a public health education and awareness event including a documentary screening and expert panel (Jordyn Seri, Waltham Partnership for Youth; PDF).
an expansion of African immigrant youth empowerment programming through music (Jade Eckels, Africano; PDF).
Read more about each project by downloading our 2017-2018 Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellowship Annual Report.