Rachel Ruiz is a social worker by trade and a poet by nature. As a Northern California transplant to San Diego, Rachel believes you should never have to choose between the beach and mountains – you can have both!
Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Literature from UC San Diego. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2016 with an emphasis on Administration and Community Development. Rachel has volunteered as a coordinator of a youth program in her neighborhood of Linda Vista for the past two years teaching youth empowerment and civic engagement. She is very involved in her local community and founded a creative writing group that welcomes and celebrates multicultural and multilingual artists. Rachel has worked both in administration and direct service in domestic violence, school settings, foster care, and service to the homeless.
Rachel enjoys writing, watching documentaries about food (while eating of course), hiking, and walking her dog Moji. Rachel’s long term goals include becoming a licensed clinical social worker and obtaining a PhD, researching the positive impact of youth empowerment and youth organizing on communities in need.