Rachel (Westbury) Thapa began her involvement with the GCSC began in the Fall of 2003 when she was a work-study student from the College of St. Scholastica, providing the program support, volunteer coordination, and youth leadership that made possible a rich array of Arts, Science, and Cultural Enrichment programs for 100+ children from Grant Elementary School located in Duluth’s most diverse and lowest income neighborhood.
After Rachel’s graduation she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Reading Corps program, and currently holds the position of Enrichment Program Coordinator for the GCSC. In this capacity, Rachel recruits and trains community instructors and volunteers who teach in the after-school and summer enrichment programs with over 300 children.
Her connections with the college campuses and community result in providing exceptional service-learning experiences for students and individuals across generations.
Beyond being exceptionally capable and dependable in her work, Rachel exudes appreciation for the human qualities that make each person she comes in contact with unique. She is a peacemaker, a community-builder, an optimist, and an inspiration to hope. In all that she does and in who she is as a person Rachel reflects the mission of our organization “To foster strong partnerships that expand opportunities for positive Youth Development and school, family, and community involvement promoting lifelong learning and appreciation of our diversity.”