Photo: Anna Finocchiaro

Photo: Anna Finocchiaro

Racquel Henderson


Racquel Henderson was born and raised in North Omaha, a proud mother of two, a mentor to many, and a strong advocate for personal, career, and educational growth and development.

Racquel is a Young Black and Influential Aware recipient, a MORE Women Award Recipient, and Founder of #TheBeProject—a movement based on bringing awareness to various jobs and resources to community members. Racquel earned a Bachelor's of Science from University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she studied Criminal Justice and Psychology and was inducted into the National Honors Society of Criminal Justice. Racquel has spent over eight years in serving her community by providing second chances in re-entry programs and uplifting youth in higher education opportunities. Racquel currently, serves as a College Success Navigator at Metropolitan Community College, where she works with a scholarship program that focuses on the retention of first-generation and underrepresented students by providing intrusive academic support and guidance with the nonprofit organization, Avenue Scholars. Racquel also serves as the Operations Ambassador for Black and Pink—the nation's largest prison abolitionist organization.

Racquel believes that with the right resources, opportunities, and support, change is inevitable.