15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: Tucson Community Food Bank (Tucson, AZ)
Raquel developed a new curriculum for the food bank’s economic family literacy program. She led classroom discussions on healthy food choices, food advertising, local food systems, and sleuthing in local supermarkets, and conducted market basket surveys with family literacy classes and community groups to empower parents to make conscious nutrition choices and healthy diet changes for their families.
Hunger Free Community Report:
The Economic Literacy Curriculum: A Facilitator’s Guide is a tool for community members and food bank staff for teaching family literacy classes and includes lesson outlines, sample lesson plans, materials, and other helpful resources to enhance learning experiences and empower adult students.
Policy Placement: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC)
Raquel conducted outreach on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to homeless and domestic violence shelters in states with low participation rates. She also updated the report on federal surplus property acquired to assist homeless persons, and the impact of Title V and Base Closure buildings on such homeless programs.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
A native New Yorker, Raquel is a 2008 graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in anthropology. On campus, she led various multi-cultural groups to promote cultural awareness and understanding. Raquel has conducted qualitative research on the lives of domestic workers inPeru, studied in Honduras, and traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.