Council Member Rachel Schaevitz

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101 Braswell Ct,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Twitter: @RachelforCH 

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Rachel Schaevitz was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2017. 

Dr. Schaevitz is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Public Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill where she plans public outreach events and initiatives that help UNC serve the state of North Carolina through collaboration with regional community colleges, museums, historical societies and nonprofit organizations.

She holds a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University, focusing on using media and the humanities as vehicles for social change.  She has a background in independent and studio film production as well as an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University and BFA in film production from New York University. 

At Carolina, Dr. Schaevitz teaches courses on media in the public service, pairing film production students with other departments on campus or groups in the community to create educational videos for use in the K-12 classroom.

Her volunteerism includes serving as a Town of Chapel Hill Cultural Arts commissioner, as chair of the American Legion Task Force, and as a room parent at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue. She lives in the Southbridge neighborhood of Chapel Hill with her husband, two children, and dog.

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