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.

Two hands cupping a red rose. Text reads: Roses in ConcreteLogo designed by Jonathan Joasil '22 (Brandeis) and Alexse LeGuerre '21 (Waltham High School)

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.

Program Dates

Date Time Participants
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. 

Submit an Application

Program Expectations

*Special thanks to our funding partners: Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social JusticeWaltham Black Future Fund and Waltham Partnership for Youth.