Rachel Serra '17

Design Researcher, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

Rachel Serra grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic communication design and a minor in art history. Over the course of multiple internships, she gained experience in advertising, environmental design, digital/interaction design, and designing for an art auction house. As a student, she worked with two different non-profit companies, a local Cincinnati permaculture organization and a Senegalese incubator for technical training, businesses, and new technologies and solutions for the region. These experiences expanded her idea of what a designer could be and how design could be used in the real world.

She enjoys problem solving and designing for a variety of media and purposes, and would ultimately like to use her time and talent to explore issues dealing with sustainability, public health, the acceptance of other cultures and practices, and animal welfare. When not thinking about design, Rachel likes to eat too much dessert and spend all her money on concert tickets and vinyl.

Thesis: How might we create a campus community that supports survivors of sexual assault?