Raquel Bräu Díaz is from Manhattan, New York and lives on the Upper West Side with her parents, older sister and dog, Max. She comes from a multicultural background with a German father and Puerto Rican mother and speaks both German and Spanish. She is a strong advocate for diversity and loves meeting people from different backgrounds and learning about their cultures. She attended Stuyvesant High School where she was a member of the varsity girls soccer team, Aspira (the Latino culture club), and was a “big sib” or peer mentor to incoming freshman. Outside of high school, she participated in many activities with children. She volunteered at Head Start Preschools, tutoring programs, led art workshops for children at the Guggenheim museum and worked as a camp counselor and babysitter. Over the summer, Raquel studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and immersed herself in German language and culture. Raquel is passionate about education and plans on being an education studies scholar at Yale and a sociology major. On campus, Raquel is a member of Design for America, where she works on design projects for social impact, and is a member of Yale’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority on campus. In UIC, Raquel is a tutor and the recruitment chair.

Fun Fact: Raquel has lived in New York City her whole life and has never been to the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty.