Rachel Doležal holds an MFA from Howard University and has taught as quarterly faculty at Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College and Whitworth University. Courses she has written curriculum for and instructed include: African and African American Art History, African History, African American Culture, African American History from 1877-present, Introduction to Race & Culture, The Black Woman’s Struggle, Research Methods in Race & Culture Studies, Black Women & Hair, Art Education, Introduction to Africana Studies, and Survey of Art.
Her scholarly research focus is the intersection of race, gender and class in the contemporary Black diaspora with a specific emphasis on Black women in visual culture. Her life work emphasizes racial and social justice activism, and she is a licensed Intercultural Competency & Diversity Trainer. Dolezal has guest lectured at Spokane Community College, University of Idaho, Gonzaga University and Washington State University and was the Advisor for the Black Student Union at North Idaho College and Eastern Washington University.
Dolezal began her activism in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and partnered with community developers, tutoring grade-school children in Black history and art and pioneering African American history classes at a predominantly white university. She is the former Director of Education at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and was a Consultant for human rights education and inclusivity in regional Inland Northwest public schools. She recently served as Chair of the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, overseeing police accountability & justice in law enforcement in Spokane, WA, and was President of the Spokane NAACP. She is the mother of three sons, ages newborn, 14 & 21.