“The study of languages is crucially important to meet the demands of an increasingly more complex multicultural society,” says Raquel Green, Ph.D., who has taught in Cabrini’s Romance Languages and Literatures Department since 2008.
Green teaches literature, history, culture and grammar and has been involved in carrying out the College’s short- and long-term goals of the Justice Matters curriculum, a component of a Cabrini education about which she feels strongly.
As part of the Engagement with the Common Good (ECG) courses, Green teaches courses that involve a community engagement component, both in local and global settings and has worked in conjunction with the Communication Department in Justice Matters’ global education opportunities.
“What makes Cabrini truly unique is its strong connection to the values that underlie the Mission of the College,” she says.
“It is a remarkable institution completely committed to the development of the whole person. Students’ four years at Cabrini advance their understanding of the world and empower them to become leaders in their own communities and strong advocates for social justice.”
As part of the long-standing ECG educational experience, students spend a week in San Lucas, a Mayan town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala where they learn how Integral Human Development and Catholic Social Teaching Principles—key components of Catholic Relief Services’ work around the world—come together to advance the growth of self-sustaining communities.
Within the recent institutional initiatives to expand global education, Green collaborates with the Education Department to open new immersion opportunities for ECG students in the schools of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Argentina.
Green teaches about Latino education issues and advocacy in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department’s unique ECG series “Our Interconnected Hemisphere.” The students participating in this series are also part of a long-standing mentoring program in the Norristown Area School District.
Green says that students recognize the increasing importance of the Spanish language resulting from demographic changes in the United States, and are keen to acquire a skill that will enhance their careers as psychologists, social workers, teachers, and business executives.
“As a language professional, I consider it very important for students to come to a thorough understanding of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world and reach a level of proficiency in the language that will translate in benefits to their professional life,” she says.
Her students have published extensively in the Undergraduate Research Journal and have presented their research at Cabrini and other colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area.
Green’s academic and research interests involve the Spanish American short story and, in particular, the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. She is interested in all aspects of global education, issues of equity in education, both locally and globally and the role of women in the struggle for social justice in Latin America.
Green authored “Borges y Revista multicolor de los sábados: Confabulados en una escritura de la infamia” (2010), in which she studies the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges’ literary contributions to Crítica, a popular newspaper.
By establishing the connections between Borges’ stories of infamous characters, and his involvement and experimentation in the newspaper, Green shows how fruitful was this time as he started the journey that would make him a universal writer and a master of the short story.
She earned a doctoral degree in Spanish from Bryn Mawr College (1990), a master’s in Spanish from Bryn Mawr College (1983), and a bachelor’s in English from Villanova University (1980).
She lives in Collegeville, Pa., with her husband and twin sons.
Contact Information: Raquel A. Green, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures Grace Hall, Room 222 610-902-8356 firstname.lastname@example.org