Rachel Freeman-Cohen (she/they) joined Whitman College’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion as Director of LGBTQIA+ Student Services. Rachel earned a B.A. in Feminist Studies with a minor in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and also holds an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.
Previously, Rachel worked in the LGBTQ+ Student Center at the University of Southern California. They provided support, education, advocacy, and community for all undergraduate and graduate students with an emphasis on students across the spectra of gender and sexuality. Rachel has consistently shown their commitment to engaging with students as a pillar of support, especially through programming across the multiple intersections of identities within the diverse LGBTQ+ community and fostering intentional identity and leadership development opportunities. Rachel’s advocacy is centered around improving learning experiences and addressing disparities that affect historically marginalized groups.