Rachel Howell is a senior Political Science major and Philosophy minor from Shelby, North Carolina by way of Alpharetta, Georgia. Rachel serves as the 60th President of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA), where she advocates for approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Chapter Rachel holds an extensive resume of service, being the former Deputy Chief of Staff of HUSA and Vice President of the College of Arts & Science Student
She has spearheaded political advocacy initiatives on campus that led to over 2,000 Howard students getting registered to vote, and led the establishment of a mentorship program that paired Howard University graduate students with undergraduate students. Rachel has been a staunch and consistent advocate for HBCUs on and off campus, serving as an Undergraduate Assistant in the Howard University Department of External Affairs, interning with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the late Honorable Congressman John Lewis.
In December of 2019, she was selected as a Young African A Leadership Initiative (YAALI) fellow, where she did research and community service in South Africa. Currently, Rachel is working with the Collective PAC as a correspondence intern, where she is responsible for monitoring social media platforms and drafting long term and provides speech writing services to support get out to vote efforts. After she graduates, Rachel will continue working at the forefront of higher education and policy by pursuing a Juris Doctorate. Rachel lives by the quote from Marvin J. Ashton, “God gives us difficulties to bring out the best in us.”