Roses in Concrete

Roses in Concrete is a pilot Leadership & Mentorship Program for BIPOC 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 BIPOC Sophomore, Junior and Seniors. 

The initiative will allow students to network and form connections with BIPOC 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.

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Program Dates

Date Time Participants
Sept. 23 6-8 p.m. Brandeis undergraduates
Oct. 21 6-7:30 p.m. Brandeis Undergraduates
Nov. 18 6-7:30 p.m. Brandeis Undergraduates
Dec. 2  6-8 p.m. Brandeis Undergraduates
Jan. 20 6-7:30 p.m. Waltham High School Students
Feb 17 6-7:30 p.m. Waltham High School Students
March 17 6-7:30 p.m. Waltham High School Students
April 7 6-8:00 p.m. Waltham High School Students



Applications for Brandeis students and mentors are closed.

Applications for Waltham High School students are now open and are due Wednesday, December 1st by 5 PM.  Please submit applications HERE

Program Expectations

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.

Workshop Facilitators will facilitate one 60-90 minute session (ideally in person). An honorarium of $100 will be provided.  

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