Rachel Warren is an experienced youth, family, and community worker. She consistently uses a strengths-based approach to support people in the development they desire for themselves. Her creative and culturally-responsive planning, programming, and implementation skills have proven both engaging and effective at micro and macro levels of need.
Rachel has a deep understanding of equity and justice. She centers both in her efforts to actively contribute to the protection, advancement, and empowerment of people who have been especially harmed by systems of racism and oppression. Rachel acknowledges that ultimately these systems of racism and oppression must be dismantled for justice to actualize. She has been instrumental in improving organizations’ processes to better serve all people.
Featured in UMOJA Magazine, Rachel is known for her Box of Black Excellence initiative and her training workshop for white foster parents on incorporating Black history and culture into their homes. She has also created educational material entitled “Afro Beauty: A Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Your Crown” and “Buzz Cuts and Beyond” as guides for Black children in their hair care journey. Rachel has facilitated retreats, been instrumental in staff trainings, and participated on panels to increase awareness and action around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Rachel is a graduate of North Park University where she earned a B.A. in Nonprofit Management, a B.A. in Sociology, and a Minor in Spanish. She is an Advanced Opportunity Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work.