The Chicago Community Trust and Envisioning Equity Co-Creator
Rachel Pate has been with The Chicago Community Trust for five years where she manages the day-to-day social media, supports web content and other communications in order to engage stakeholders and build awareness of the Trust’s mission. Rachel also supports special projects at the Trust such as the strategic planning process serving on the Racial Wealth Gap team, On the Table, and more.
Rachel’s passion for racial justice and equity led her to co-create the Racial Equity Organizational Working Group at the Trust to reflect and process new ideas learned from racial equity trainings and personal experiences both from life and work. With a long-time focus, but renewed dedication to racial equity as a core focus of the Trust, the group expanded in size and scope to try to bring ideas and help make sure equity is embedded in each process at the Trust. As part of On the Table 2017, she contributed to strategy, planning and coordinating efforts for the first series of public and customized facilitation workshops focused on cultural competency and racial equity engaging nearly 800 participants.
In 2018, Rachel was selected as a fellow for the Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Fellowship program and continues her affiliation as the inaugural alumni-in-residence/fellow continuing her personal and organizational commitment to advancing racial equity with 30 other changemakers, researchers, artists, organizers and policy makers across the City of Chicago.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Arts from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.