There is a new face around campus! Rachel Sawyer is a new Coordinator of Residential Engagement for the first-year residents in the Tolley-Brown complex and Coordinator of Diversity Programming on campus.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Eastern Connecticut State University, Sawyer eventually attended Rutgers University - New Brunswick for graduate school where she received her Ed.M. in College Student Affairs. Prior to coming to Drew, Sawyer worked for St. Bonaventure University in New York as their equivalent to a CRE. She also worked in Student Involvement and as a Hall Director for Rutgers University.
Now calling Drew home, Sawyer chose to continue her career here because of the smaller campus size (in comparison to working at Rutgers).
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“As a queer black woman, I loved seeing diverse student representations at a predominately white institution, which is rare at a lot of schools,” said Sawyer. “When choosing a school to work for after graduating, I wanted to make sure there was an ability to work with a diverse population, particularly supporting marginalized students.”
Drew ha given her the ability to have a dual role with Residential Life and Diversity Programming. She also advises Black Student Union and will be teaching a Launch Workshop: Preparation for Career and Academic Success.
During her free time, Rachel loves going to the dog park and hiking with her boyfriend and dog, Maddy. Maddy is a two-year-old, Whippet Hound Mix. Sawyer and her boyfriend have a running joke that Maddy is a wide receiver for the NY Giants because she is so fast. Sawyer also said “[W]hen she’s not running around, she loves to play with her bark box toys, being a couch potato and cuddling.”
Sawyer can also be found listening to her favorite artist, Beyoncé, or reading books; her favorite author is bell hooks, who leaves her name without capital letters intentionally. If Sawyer could travel anywhere in the world right now, she would go to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Sicily because her colleagues are from there and she loves to learn about other people’s cultures.