Intercultural Center

Roses in Concrete

Roses in Concrete is a Leadership & Mentorship Program for Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous college and Waltham high School students and supporters. The program fosters educational, leadership, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.

2022 group photo of Brandeis students involved in Roses in Concrete.

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

Roses in Concrete empowers 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 they will experience on their path to career exploration, and discover professional development strategies to encourage self-advocacy in the classroom and beyond. The program will include workshops, retreats, online and in-person mentor and mentee meetings, and will create a space for dialogue, growth, and  community.

Program Dates

Date Time Participants
Oct. 13, 2022 6-8 p.m. Brandeis
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 have closed for 2022 cohort.

Applications for Waltham High School students have closed for the 2022 cohort.

Program Expectations

  • Brandeis participants are expected to attend all workshops and meet with their mentees at least twice a month. All participants (undergraduate students) will receive $100 each semester. 
  • Waltham High School participants are expected to attend all workshops and meet at least twice a month with their mentor.  All participants will receive $100. 

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