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Racquel Armstrong, also known as Racquel Lovelene or “The Microphonediva,” is an educator, scholar, and poet. By day, Racquel is a school administrator, where she takes great pride in the opportunity to help young minds discover the genius inside of them. She has worked in K-12 schools for over 10 years and believes in the power of education as a tool to achieve individual and collective success. Racquel leverages this experience as a co-founder of the Ohio Gap Closers, a non-profit that seeks to close the gaps for children affected by the Child Welfare system.
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Racquel is also a published scholar, who sees her research as an opportunity to bridge theory and practice to illuminate urgent, critical issues that impact her community. Her research engages identity markers such as race, gender, and class and how they intersect with leadership practices as essential knowledge for transforming schooling spaces for people of color. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, where her dissertation focuses on how Black women leaders in education conceptualize self-care.
Racquel has been performing for over 15 years and is a member of A'C.R.E.W. arts collective. She has curated many arts-based events and has used her poetic style to spark dialogue around social justice issues. She has released two studio albums, “Definition of a Diva” and “Love Lessons” and is currently working on a 3rd project titled, “Dear Black Girl”, inspired by her work as an educator.
Racquel has collaborated with many local and national artists and performed at many festivals and corporate events. Most notably, she has been used for corporate voice overs, using her original poetry as inspiration for marketing videos for The Urban league as well as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. In February 2022, she performed for the Player's Networking Event, sponsored by the NFL Alumni Association, Troupe21, and LCR Enterprises during the weekend of Superbowl LVI, alongside other members of A’C.R.E.W.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wellesley College in Urban Studies-Economics, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Racquel is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.