hel Motley

Rachel Motley is currently a sophomore attending Howard University, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, from New Rochelle, New York. She has been honored with both the Capstone and Aaron Bonner Scholarships. Before moving to Washington, DC, Rachel served as an active member in her community. During her senior year of high school, she served as the Co-President of both the Black Culture Club and Christian Club, and the Vice President of the NAACP Club. After developing an interest in the criminal justice system, she also devoted an entire school year to researching the United States prison system, attended three hour advocacy trainings, hosted toy drives for children with incarcerated parents, and even attended lobbying meetings in New York City.

Rachel also used her passion for spoken word as a means for advocacy. Her fervor for spoken word and addressing current events has landed her multiple guest speaking opportunities at the Latino Conference, African American History Celebration, Westchester's People’s Action Coalition Meeting, The Westchester Social Forum, and Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network’s Criminal Justice Reform 101 event.

Upon her matriculation at Howard, Rachel plans to primarily focus on her love for design and marketing as she was not granted many opportunities to explore her love for visual arts at home. During her freshman year, in addition to her full-time student status, she was employed by the university as a graphic designer for both Howard University School of Business and the Howard University Student Association. Additionally, Rachel engages as an entrepreneur through her own graphic design business where she creates commision art.

In the near future, Rachel hopes to inspire others with her love for art and business by launching a program that teaches underprivileged children of color the ropes of graphic design as a means of entrepreneurship. After establishing her brand, she aspires to release interior, graphic and fashion design lines along with a branding agency. When she acquires appropriate funding, she wishes to open a community center in her hometown or a neighboring New York city.