Being involved in the community and helping others has always been important to Rachelle Lenard.
At a young age, she volunteered for vacation Bible school and youth groups. She participated in different community service programs, including blanket making for less fortunate youth. These experiences shaped what type of college life Rachelle would pursue.
“I wanted to take an active role in our campus community, which is now one of my most prized possessions on this campus, my job,” Rachelle said.
She quickly landed a job as a student assistant in the Provost's Office, something she says helped her get where she is today. Her experiences interacting with administration and learning the inner workings of higher education institutions prompted Rachelle to join the Vision 2020 Steering Committee, providing input and feedback on facilities and issues on campus.
“Rachelle has been front and center in many of the initiatives that are moving the university forward,” said Marty Hershock, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. “I cannot even begin to state how much trust the members of the provost's team have in her, nor can I understate the amount of responsibility given to her as a student assistant in that office—this is in no way typical but is a testament to the character and drive of this young woman.”
Her commitment to UM-Dearborn extends across campus and into the community. Alongside fellow Difference Maker Sarah Elhelou, Rachelle has conducted two successful student focus groups for feedback on the university.
She currently serves as the provisional new member director of Phi Mu, where she helps new members become acquainted with the sorority. She also participates in philanthropy events to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Phi Mu Foundation.
“The campus is undeniably a better place because of Rachelle and her actions,” said Dean Hershock.
And her academic achievements are just as impressive. Rachelle received university honors and earned her spot on the Dean’s List every semester. After graduation, Rachelle plans to attend law school and pursue her dream to become a corporate attorney.