Roses in Concrete
Roses in Concrete is a pilot Leadership & Mentorship Program for Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous college and Waltham high School students and supporters. The program hopes to foster educational, leadership, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Brandeis University Alumni, members of the Waltham community, and current Brandeis graduate students will mentor Brandeis undergraduate students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color. In the fall, Roses in Concrete will provide a mentor and create workshops for Brandeis undergraduate students while in the spring the undergraduates will channel their acquired leadership skills to mentor Waltham High School self-identified Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous Sophomore, Junior and Seniors.
The initiative will allow students to network and form connections with Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous professionals in the area, have access to a safe environment to seek advice on the systemic challenges folks experience on their path to career exploration, and discover professional development strategies to allow for self-advocacy in the workplace and classroom. The program will include workshops, retreats, online and in-person mentor and Mentee meetings, and the full support of Brandeis Department of Community Service, Brandeis Intercultural Center, Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY), and Waltham Black Future Fund. Together, mentors, mentees, workshop facilitators, and our community partners will create a space for community, dialogue, and growth.
|Nov. 10, 2022||6-8 p.m.||Brandeis and High School|
|Jan. 19, 2023||6-8 p.m.||High School|
|Feb. 9, 2023||6-8 p.m.||Brandeis and High School|
|March 9, 2023||6-8 p.m.||High School|
|March 30, 2023||6-8 p.m.||Brandeis|
|April 20, 2023||6-8 p.m.||Closing Ceremony|
Applications for Brandeis students and mentors are closed.
Applications for Waltham High School students are open and are due Wednesday, December 1 by 5 p.m.
- Brandeis participants are expected to meet at least monthly with their mentor in the fall and their mentee in the spring. They are expected to attend all fall workshops but spring workshop attendance is optional. All participants (undergraduate students) will receive $100 each semester.
- Waltham High School participants are expected to attend all spring workshops and meet at least monthly with their mentor. All participants will receive $100. Open to all self-identified BIPOC Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Applications will be released this fall.
- Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least monthly (in-person or virtually) during the fall semester. Relationships may organically continue after the fall if both parties wish. All mentors will be entered into a raffle for gift cards in recognition of their service. Mentors may be BIPOC Brandeis Alum, Graduate and PhD students, as well as professionals in the Greater Boston area.