Student Profiles

McCarthy, Rachel

Rachel is a final semester UNMA student at Rutgers. She specializes in Peacebuilding and women’s mobilization in conflict situations. She is currently the Monitoring and Evaluation intern for Mediators Beyond Borders International and has developed a Resource Center for women peacebuilders.

Rachel graduated with honors from Seton Hall University in 2017 with a BS in International Relations, Diplomacy, French & Spanish. She studied for two semesters in immersive programs at the University of Sevilla in Spain and at La Sorbonne in Paris. While in Spain, she interned as a cultural liaison, and in France she worked as a multilingual babysitter. In New York City, Rachel interned for Action Against Hunger, and in upstate New York she interned for Unadilla Community Farm.

After graduating university in 2017, Rachel spent 2 years living in El Salvador, and 1 year in Nicaragua. While in El Salvador, she established and taught an art program at a local children’s home. Throughout the duration of the three years abroad, Rachel taught ESL (English as a second language) and English for native speakers. Rachel then served as a TELLS (Teaching English, Leadership, and Life skills) facilitator with the Peace Corps in Panama until the coronavirus pandemic.

In the constant pursuit of knowledge and experiences, Rachel values every obstacle and every opportunity. She has a super love for humanity and firmly believes that “there are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” Rachel speaks English and Spanish fluently and has an advanced mastery in French (level C2). She is currently teaching herself Indonesian (beginner).