Rachel Atakpa

Derby, KS, English and Spanish
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Rachel Atakpa (she/her/hers) is a senior from Derby, Kansas, studying English and Spanish. Rachel works as a writing consultant at the KU Writing Center, is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities, the Co-Student Director for the Undergraduate Reading Series, a Multicultural Scholar, a McNair Scholar, and a Hall Scholar. Rachel has a variety of research interests pertaining to literature, language, and social justice, and hopes to pursue a PhD in English.

Ask me about: opportunities for research and publication, the arts and humanities, on-campus academic and wellness resources, and how to find balance and community at university.


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