Enriching the cultural experience for all students

Meet the Staff

Araceli Curiel

 CCEI Lead Student Intern

Psychology Major, Class of 2023
Rachel Bennett

 Coordinator for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion

Rachel Bennett is a current graduate student in Cal Lutheran’s counseling program. After working to support students academically, she found her passion in supporting students holistically. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue to learn how to best support all students in this role!

Passion Areas 
Women in STEM, bridging the education/achievement gap, understanding historical inequities in education


B.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego
M.S., Counseling and College Student Personnel, Class of 2023
Sarah Garcia (she/her)

 Assistant Director of Student Life: Cultural Engagement & Inclusion

Sarah is an educator, innovator, and change agent dedicated to creating and sustaining environments that allow all to thrive. As the Assistant Director of Student Life, Sarah leads both the Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion and Service and Leadership. With over 5 years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within higher education institutions, she is excited to help advance Cal Lutheran's mission of developing global leaders dedicated to service and justice. Sarah also serves on Cal Lutheran's Incident Response Team and Core DEI Team, which leads CLU's institutional DEI efforts and initiatives. 

Passion Areas
Leading and supporting systems change efforts, social justice education and advocacy, leadership development, civic engagement, and equity in student success

M.S. College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
B.A. Communication and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
A.A. Communication Science and Liberal Arts: Science & Mathematics, Santa Barbara City College