University of Pennsylvania | B.A., English and Sociology
Eastern University | M.Ed., Multicultural Education
University of Pennsylvania | Ed.D, Reading/Writing/Literacy
As the Associate Director of the Office of Academic Resources, Raquel supports students through the teaching of skills and strategies that facilitate learning, as well as helping to demystify the college experience and disrupting notions of who belongs in academia. She specializes in helping students identify their working styles, finding ways to make it work for them, and navigating them through such challenges as procrastination, writer’s block, and imposter syndrome. As Assistant Dean of First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FGLI) Student Support and Programming, Raquel oversees Horizons Leadership Institute in the summer and Horizons in the fall and spring semesters. Both of these FGLI initiatives embody Haverford College's dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
She has been in education for more than 20 years beginning as a Community Youth Organizer for high school students and continuing as a Bilingual Middle School Teacher. She has also worked as a Teacher’s Consultant providing professional development to teachers and Penn Partnership Schools. Her expertise extends into Out-of-School Time work as a result of both her supervisory and consultative roles in the field. Her experience in academia includes being an adjunct professor in Esperanza College, a Faculty Tutor in Haverford’s Writing Center and a Learning Specialist at the Office of Academic Resources. Today she continues her work by helping students craft their own stories of success.
Her own story includes her husband, three kids, one dog and a few fish. They all live together in Philadelphia.