Dr. Raquel Green communicates in a way that grabs and enthralls her students in the subject matter she is teaching. An assistant professor in Romance Languages, Green has a strong passion for education that is evident in the way she teaches. Green embodies Cabrini College’s ‘‘Education of the Heart.’’ “I believe the “Justice Matters” curriculum has brought into sharper focus the mission of Cabrini College,” Green said. “There is so much to do here as a professor. It is a very exciting community to exist in and we are all a part of a unique community. The faculty is very engaged, and all of us are trying to come together, trying to create courses that will shape the ‘Justice Matters’ curriculum over time. To me, it is a tremendous time of change and opportunity. I am humbled and grateful to be here.” Green was born and raised in Argentina. Green was born in the capital city of La Pampa, a province in the interior of Argentina. Green said her childhood was a wonderful experience. Green’s father took the family to the seashore and visited relatives in Mar del Plata, located just south of Buenos Aires. In her downtime on the weekends, Green would travel to her family’s ranch and ride horses and climb trees. “I was a bit of a tomboy as a kid,” Green said. At the age of 18, Green came to the United States as an exchange student. “After that year of experience in the U.S., when I came back to Argentina, I didn’t want to become a teacher as I first thought. At that point I wanted to become a professional translator,” Green said. Back in Argentina, Green studied for a year in translation at Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit university in Buenos Aires. After only completing a year of the program, Green was married and came to the United States. “When I went to Villanova as an undergrad, I worked at Wyeth labs as a bilingual secretary, and when they realized how well I spoke two languages, I was moved to the medical marketing department as a translator and that is where I stayed for six years,” Green said. Green then decided to finish her undergraduate work and continue on to the graduate program at Bryn Mawr College. Green subsequently received her bachelor’s degree at Villanova University and went on to graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College where she received her master’s degree and doctoratal degree. Before coming to Cabrini, Green taught for 11 years at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. In the spring of 2011, six Cabrini students traveled with Dr Green and Dr. Jerry Zurek to the San Lucas Mission in Guatemala. Green said “It is important for students to understand that these kind of experiences are the ones that they will never forget. Even though I grew up in a Latin American country, I had never been to Guatemala, so for me it was a life changing experience.” Green is excited about the Spanish department’s new Engagements in the Common Good course series. Called, Our Interconnected Hemisphere, the series begins at the 100 level and continues to the 400 level. Each of the courses enable students to experience the Norristown community, specifically the Norristown Area High School. Cabrini students mentor high school students in the Norristown Latino community, with the goal of helping students to graduate and possibly seeking secondary education. “Overall, foreign language is so reverent to everything we’re trying to do as a part of social justice,” Green said. “Many of the communities that are in need of social justice are Hispanic. In that respect, the Spanish department’s role in promoting ‘Justice Matters’ will only continue to grow.
Text by James Crowell for The Loquitur, January 16, 2011.