Rachel

Rachel Ramirez, 2010 YP4 Fellow, has been a community organizer with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). CCH has fought to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago and Illinois since 1980. Rachel organized at the grassroots and institutional levels with homeless and formerly homeless people, direct service providers, advocates and other stakeholders around reentry barriers to housing and employment and around homelessness issues affecting Chicago’s Latino communities. Rachel graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Chican@ Latin@ Studies. Her YP4 Blueprint engaged 20 Claremont College students in tutoring Claremont Colleges workers on subjects covered in the GED exam. Not having a GED or high school diploma was these workers’ main barrier to taking advantage of DACA. As a result, 2 workers were able to obtain deferred action. Rachel is a Posse Scholar and graduate of the Midwest Academy. She also was a guitarist and vocalist with Mariachi Serrano, the Claremont Colleges’ Mariachi band, and continues to play Mexican and South American music today. A transformative college experience that solidified her love of organizing was being a student organizer in the dining hall workers’ successful unionization fight. She pursued a Master’s of Public Policy Administration at Northwestern University.