Rachel Taylor has always been drawn to education, partly because of the impact it made in her life as a young person growing up in Denver, Colorado. A DSF Scholar, Rachel graduated from Montbello High School in 2011 and remembers fondly of the DSF Future Center and her college advisor, Mrs. LaRae Scott Jennings. She then attended Colorado State University (CSU) where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in history and women’s studies. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a mentor for the Key Communities, helping young students like herself make the transition to college.
After participating in City Year at Manual High School and working for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, she decided she was invested in Higher Education. So, she once again came back to campus and received her master’s in Higher Education from the University of Denver (DU) this past June. Now, Rachel works as a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Grant Coordinator at CSU, where she spends much of her time supporting DSF Scholars and overseeing the COSI Grant in the Community for Excellence at CSU.
Staying Involved with the DSF Community
Rachel believes it is important to stay involved and invested in the Denver community. She serves on the Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) where she interacts with Alumni new and old and is involved with DSF events. This year, she helped to execute and plan the virtual Annual Scholar Summit and will also serve in the Co – Chair position during the upcoming year.
When asked for any advice she’d give to current students, Rachel said to lean on your community and stay connected to the places in which you call home. This will be important while you also begin embarking on new adventures and creating meaningful connections during your time in college. Her biggest piece of advice is spend your time wisely, and invest in commitments that you believe are worthy of your time, energy and personal development. We applaud Rachel for being a model DSF Alumna and for continuing to be the change she wants to see in the world.