Rachel Loewen Walker is the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights with the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focusses on gender, sexuality, and human rights. Prior to this, Rachel served as the Executive Director of OUTSaskatoon for nearly seven years. During her tenure, the organization grew from six to fifteen employees, now reaching more than twelve thousand people per year with an annual operating budget of just over a million dollars. While at OUTSaskatoon, Rachel worked with 2SLGBTQ leaders across Canada to develop The Enchanté Network, a national organization that works to build the capacity and reach of Two Spirit and LGBTQ Centres and Rachel currently serves as the President of The Enchanté Network’s board of directors.
Rachel has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Alberta, and has taught and published in the areas of feminist and queer theory, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of time. She spent more than 10 years as a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, and has worked in a number of research capacities including with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, the Prairie Region Health Promotion Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Throughout Rachel’s community and academic work she has developed expertise in non-profit organization management, facilitation, leadership, and policy analysis, while focusing on opening up spaces for social change, cultural diversity, and greater collaboration across non-profit, University, governmental, and other spheres.