Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz ’69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz ’97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser ’01, in honor of Carol’s parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The award is funded by the generosity of the Richman and Saivetz families.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.

Rebecca Cokley2020 Fellow Named

Disabilities rights activist Rebecca Cokley is the 2020 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life.

Cokley, who has sought deeper connections across communities pursuing civil rights, will visit campus March 30–31, 2020, for a residency that will include an award ceremony and public presentation, and events that will engage the university community.

Call for Nominations

The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life recognizes an individual who has improved American society, strengthened democratic institutions, advanced social justice or increased opportunities for all Americans to share in the benefits of the United States. $25,000 award. Deadline March 1. View the criteria and guidelines.