Director, Student and Family Engagement
A second generation Chicana from Mexican immigrant grandparents, and the first in her family to go to college, Raquel Jimenez's has roots in Oakland that reach back to 1952 when her grandparents settled in Oakland to work in the canneries and booming construction industries. Raquel, an OUSD graduate and Fremont High School Alumni, was an active student leader with All City Council (1989-1992).
Raquel graduated from UC Berkeley in Chicano Studies in 1997, and completed graduate work at UCLA in 2002, receiving a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies in Education. Raquel was a lead organizer getting Black Studies and Raza Studies at Castlemont in the early 1990s, and served as teacher of Latino History and Culture at Castlemont for three years, before initiating the Youth Together program at Castlemont, building the first One Land One People/Healthy Start collaborative, and organizing to get the Student Unity Center on campus and convert the empty building next door into multi-service community youth center (now known as Youth Uprising).
She holds 25 years of community organizing, youth and family engagement experience in Oakland, with the Xicana Moratorium Coalition, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), Youth Together, and Oakland Unified School District.
Raquel was on the Youth Together staff for 10 years, leading multiracial student teams to organize school change campaigns. She managed site and regional programs for Youth Together, as the Director of Programs.
In 2007, after leading the Organize Da BAY Coalition Student Power campaign, she joined Oakland Unified School District, as the Student Engagement Specialist. Raquel managed district-wide student leadership programs and organizing campaigns, and innovative student-adult partnerships and initiatives as strategies to increase student attendance, achievement, and institutional accountability. Later, in her role as OUSD coordinator for Youth and Family Engagement in the Community Schools Student Services Department, she led site and district staff and parent capacity to implement OUSD's Board adopted Family Engagement and Student Engagement Standards.
Through her experience growing up in Oakland, Raquel maintains a deep passionate commitment to achieving unity, social justice, and self-determination for all communities. Raquel’s goal is to advance racial justice in education by advancing student, parent, and community voice and power both inside and outside of the institution. Her work is grounded in her own learning and healing to become a better parent and teacher in service of Oakland’s diverse Latino/a community.
Latino/a Student Achievement
Oakland Unified School District
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