Inspirational Rachel celebrates graduating with Master’s Degree
Rachel Powell will graduate today (Friday 15 December) with a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.
County Armagh-native, Rachel Powell graduates today (Friday 15 December) with a Master’s degree (MA) in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.
Rachel, who is the current Students’ Union Vice President of Equality and Diversity, suffers from psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and hypermobile joints syndrome, however she went on to achieve a distinction in her research on the impact of right-wing populism on minority groups. She said: “I have had a great level of support from the University including disability services, my non-medical support worker and my dissertation supervisor, Dr Ulrike M. Vieten in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security and Social Justice. It is worth noting that, whilst I had a great experience for the majority of my university education, we should celebrate all people with disabilities and continue to collectively strive for more inclusive educational institutions and society more generally.”
Rachel added: “It feels absolutely amazing to be graduating with a distinction in my Master’s, and I am completely over the moon. Usually, as a sabbatical officer, I attend graduations with the members of the Queen’s Academic Procession, so it will feel fantastic to actually be graduating again myself.”
After graduating, Rachel will stay in her post as Vice President of Equality and Diversity and hopes to pursue a PhD.
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