Vice President of Programs
Rachael Accavitti is the Vice President of Programs at Chicago Scholars. In this role, she establishes and cultivates relationships with post-secondary institutions around the nation in order to increase access and opportunity for our Scholars. She also works to connect collegiate students to the best possible on-campus resources that will help them to persist and graduate. Reach out to Rachael if you are a college representative with any questions about Chicago Scholars or its mission.
Rachael is passionate about helping students find their best-fit colleges. She understands and appreciates the unique landscape of higher education, but recognizes that the world of selective college admission can often seem impenetrable. Accordingly, she is focused on empowering first-generation and underrepresented students to be well-informed and ambitious self-advocates.
Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Rachael was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Tulane University and actually served as Tulane’s college partner rep for Chicago Scholars! She has also worked as a college-level Academic Advisor and Writing Tutor. These experiences helped Rachael to see that each student has a story to tell and solidified her desire to work in education equity.
Rachael earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Wake Forest University. While in graduate school, she served as a Teaching Assistant and published a thesis proposing ways to facilitate students’ college readiness through the study of literature. Rachael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. During undergraduate school, Rachael was a member of several dance and musical theatre groups. She also spent time volunteering with Spanish speakers as an English as a Second Language tutor. Rachael’s advice to future college students is to keep an open mind when it comes to selecting a school, major, on-campus organization, or even new friends. Sometimes, it is the most unexpected experiences that produce the most beautiful results!
Outside of the office, Rachael can usually be found trying out all of the amazing restaurants in her West Loop neighborhood, binge reading, or watching true-crime documentaries.