A native of Michigan and a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work, Rachael Ibrahim has earned a Master’s in Social Work Community Organizing. For more than 10 years she has used her passion for the fine arts and the African Diaspora to create social change locally and globally using an anti-racist lens with an intersectional anti-oppression framework.
Rachael has worked with Hunter College School of Social Work to developed extensive curriculum and facilitated a series of trainings on topics such as: Leadership Development, Identity and Oppression, Coalition Building, Political Campaigns and Basic Models of Community Organizing. Through different collaborative processes with Hunter, Rachael has worked with residents and volunteers of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and with the Downstate Independent Living Centers of New York. More recently Rachael was invited to be a part of the facilitation team for the Ms. Foundation for Women. She was able to co-facilitate a process for the grantee partners by deepening the conversation of an anti-oppression framework in the movement to end Child Sexual Abuse. Rachael has conducted similar work with organizations such as Service Women’s Action Network, Black Women’s Blueprint, and more.
Dedicated to grassroots organizing, she works closely with the Venceremos Brigade (Cuba solidarity) and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond/Antiracist Alliance in the Undoing Racism Workshop. In February of 2010, Rachael lead Millennium High School’s first student organized trip to Ghana, West Africa. In continuing this legacy, Rachael facilitated a yearlong experience for a collective of women and girls of the African Diaspora, the Sankofa Sisters, to go on a healing journey to Ghana in March 2013.