Rachel Haxtema

Engaged Humanities Coordinator

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 201-B

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • B.S., Biology, Calvin College, 2001
  • M.Div., Theology, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 2010
  • M.A., Social Theory and Ethics, Graduate Theological Union, 2010


Rachel works with the Division of the Humanities on a new project: Engaged Humanities. This project is a collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement and Humanities to support Community Engaged Learning in academic courses and to support and promote internships with students in the Humanities.


Rachel has been working with the Division of Humanities as the Engaged Humanities Coordinator  since 2018. She began her work at PLU in 2013 and served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for two years as the Healthy Parkland Initiative Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement and Service. From 2015-2018, Rachel served as the coordinator for the TIES: Tacoma Immersion Experience Semester.

Previous to PLU, Rachel spent several years working in environmental and faith-based non-profits California Interfaith Power & Light and Sierra Club in San Francisco, California, Sojourners in Washington D.C. and the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland and also studied theology and social theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is committed to social, economic and environmental justice and really enjoys working with PLU students, faculty, staff and community members in community-engaged learning and service.

She lives in Tacoma with her partner Zane, their children: Sam and Phoebe, and two awesome cats – Rainier and Rhubarb. Tacoma is an amazing city full of amazing people and Rachel volunteers with Tacoma Community House, attends Bethany Presbyterian Church and is active in the Master Gardener Program. Rachel loves the amazing landscape of the Pacific Northwest, especially the trees, ferns, mountains and the sound and advocates on their behalf as a board member with Earth Ministry.