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 at Harvard University, 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.
"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
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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
Project Management Essentials | Boston College | 2018
Graduate Studies | Women's Health & Human Rights | Suffolk University
International Studies | University of Westminster | London, England, UK
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
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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:
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