About Rachel

Rachel DiBella is a trauma-informed licensed social worker, gender equity expert, and national speaker dedicated to helping people and professional organizations thrive in their pursuit of personal growth and social justice. With a practice committed to anti-oppression principles and authentic collaboration with every client, Rachel has sought for more than a decade to ensure that all those who engage in services will feel supported, informed and empowered.

Rachel also leads programming in gender equity and inclusion, in addition to faculty roles in social work, victimology & justice studies at institutions across greater Boston. Rachel has extensive experience conducting individual and group therapy, strategic planning, organizational assessment, and leadership development consultation and training.

Throughout her career, Rachel has served in anti-violence organizations spanning legal, healthcare and higher education systems. With an MSW and LICSW in Boston, Rachel is licensed to practice psychotherapy in Massachusetts.

Recent speaking

  • "Bringing Social Movements into the Classroom in the Age of #metoo | Center for Teaching Excellence | Boston, MA | May 7, 2018

  • Being Better Bystanders in the Workplace | Questrom School of Business Diversity & Inclusion Summit | Boston University | April 21, 2018

  • "Justice through Faith: from #metoo to #blacklivesmatter" | United Church of Christ | Bedford, MA | April 4, 2018

  • Response as Prevention: Effective Resources for Sexual Harassment & Assault | NWSA Women's Centers Committee | Baltimore, MD | November 15, 2017

contact rachel@wakingminds.org to request a complete curriculum vitae




  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker | Massachusetts | No. 120923

  • Master of Social Work | Boston College | GPA 3.97

  • Bachelor of Arts in Writing | Framingham State University | summa cum laude

Additional Studies

  • Project Management Essentials | Boston College | 2018

  • Graduate Studies | Women's Health & Human Rights | Suffolk University

  • International Studies | University of Westminster | London, England, UK

Clinical training

  • Fenway Community Health | Behavioral Health | Psychotherapy

  • Newton Wellesley Hospital | Domestic & Sexual Violence Program


  • Division of Student Affairs | Best Program Evaluation | 2017

  • Excellence in Service Award | Boston College | 2015

  • Dean's Leadership Award | Boston College | 2014

  • Betsy Harter Scholarship Award for Departmental Excellence | 2007

  • Brown University Book Award for Writing | 2004

Online Pieces


Waking Minds strives to acknowledge the interdependence of individuals and organizations, and a history of practices that have not honored the labors of intellectual ancestors who are often uncredited in their healing, social justice and anti-oppression work. Waking Minds must express gratitude to many individuals and women’s organizations, and especially the work of queer Black folks’ and women’s resistance and solidarity movements, for their contributions and influence. 

These include and are not limited to:

  • Alicia Garza

  • bell hooks

  • Sara Ahmed

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw

  • Greta Spoering

  • Tiffany Enos

  • Katie Dalton

  • Tarana Burke, INCITE!

  • Régine Jean-Charles

  • Angela Davis

  • Breanna Goodrow