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Pursue Your Social Justice Career at Brandeis University’s Heller School

February 25, 2015

Brandeis logo with border smallToday’s blog is sponsored by Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and is written by City Year AmeriCorps alum Calla Mattox. The Heller School offers a guaranteed minimum 40% tuition scholarship for all AmeriCorps alumni enrolled in one of their programs.

Mattox City YearMy name is Calla, and I am a proud City Year AmeriCorps alum. Like many of you, I knew I wanted to give back to my community for a year after college. I ended up doing a term of City Year in Providence, Rhode Island. One year became three, and I then served as a Community Partner and Donor Relations AmeriCorps VISTA with Rhode Island Free Clinic, a nonprofit that provides free comprehensive health care to uninsured, low-income adults.

The organization was doing great work, but I realized more and more that I didn’t have the skills I needed to take the next step in my career. I wanted to be able to help the organization to be more efficient and effective in their work, but I wasn’t ready to manage a budget or people. I began searching for a graduate school that would value my AmeriCorps experience and give me the opportunity to develop the skills I needed to make a greater impact.

These days, I’m a first-year student at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Why Heller? Well, for starters, the Heller School offers a guaranteed minimum 40% tuition scholarship for all AmeriCorps alumni enrolled in one of their programs.

When I saw Heller’s dual MBA/MPP degree, I knew that it was a perfect fit. With the MBA (Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Management), I will learn management strategies and the inner intricacies of nonprofit organizations. With the MPP (Master of Public Policy), I will begin to understand the broader world in which these organizations exist and how to make change at a national level.

While we all have different passions, every student at Heller is interested in social justice and social change. It was important to me that I would be able to network with like-minded individuals during my grad school experience, and this environment is the perfect way to do it. My classmates genuinely want to see me succeed, and I want to see them succeed as well. Someone is always willing to help you with a statistics concept or to exchange papers with you to make sure everything makes sense.

The classes are interesting and informative. I have just finished a full semester, and I am already seeing social issues in a completely different light. Professors are extremely helpful and are always willing to have you stop by their office with a question or just to say hi. I have no doubt that when I have finished this program, I will be better equipped to work with nonprofit organizations to make a difference.

Whatever cause you are committed to – ending poverty, improving health policy, protecting the environment, spurring community development, resolving conflict or protecting the rights of women, children and minorities — Heller’s unique interdisciplinary approach will prepare you for a fulfilling career finding solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.

Learn more about the Heller School’s programs today!


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