Rachel Rivers Parroquín, Ed.D.

Director, Spanish Community-Based Learning; Faculty Joint Appointment, Romance Languages and Literatures
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Rachel Rivers Parroquín has a joint appointment with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and Romance Languages and Literatures (ROLL). She is an associate professional specialist and associate professor of the practice with ROLL and is the director of Spanish Community­-Based Learning (CBL). In her position, she works with both ROLL faculty and CSC staff to coordinate the program in community based learning for Spanish students. In addition to intermediate level Spanish classes, she teaches “Once Upon a Time – Children’s Literature and Community Connections” an advanced elective Spanish CBL class.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Parroquín taught Spanish at Valparaiso University where she developed the Spanish for Service Professionals course, as well as worked with the Hispanic community in local parishes. Her experience includes teaching from first grade through university levels including in ESL and Spanish, as well as consulting in special education for Spanish speaking families.

She holds degrees from Valparaiso University in Spanish (B.A.) and Education (B.S., M.Ed.) and Loyola University Chicago (Ed.D.). Her dissertation, Integrated Curriculum and Urban Service Learning: Impacting Pre­service Teachers’ Attitudes About Multiculturalism, focused on working with undergraduates in a service learning setting and studied how the selection of materials used in classroom instruction can impact students’ ability to more deeply interact with the community and reflect upon and understand that interaction.

Parroquín presents regularly at conferences on reflection, CBL pedagogy, and CBL program assessment. In addition to community­-based learning and second language for specific purposes, her interests include the use of portfolios in assessment, and integrated curriculum. Parroquín has also traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua where she interpreted in urban and rural clinics for a health care service­-learning course. In the fall of 2015, she was recognized as the Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.


Publications & Presentations



Parroquin, R. (28 June). “A review of Spanish Community-Based Learning literature and a model to consider moving forward.” American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 100th Anniversary Conference, Salamanca Spain.

Parroquin, R. (23 February). “Once Upon a Time: Children’s Literature and Community Connections - A POWERful Combination” National Latino Children’s Literature Conference. University of Texas San Antonio.

Cahill Kelly, A., S. Centellas, M. Coloma, K. Eilert, E. Mangione-Lora, R. Parroquin. (17 April). "Nurturing a Community of Practice Through Second Language Acquisition and Partnerships Rooted in Dignity and Justice” GSL5 Summit: Dignity and Justice in Service-Learning. University of Notre Dame.



Parroquin, R. and J. Long. (15 June). “CBR: Applying the POWER Model to Course Development.” University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns’ Community Engagement Faculty Institute.


Parroquin, R. (14 March). “Community-Based Learning (CBL): Local engagement in theory and in practice... A case study of ‘Once Upon a Time: Children´s Literature and Community Connections’”. Strengthening Partnership through Understanding conference, University of Notre Dame, UPAEP, and Monterrey TEC in Puebla, Mexico.

Mick, C.S., R. Parroquin, S. Williams, S. Centellas, L. Jensen, and P. Karban. (March 2017). "Building Strong Relationships across Campus and across Town to Create Institutional Change and Impact Student Learning: A Case Study in Developing a Spanish Community-Based Learning Program” Let’s Talk – Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame.

Mangione-Lora, E., A. Topash-Ríos, T. Botero, and R. Parroquin. (11 March). “POWERful Engaged Learning” Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Chicago, IL.

Parroquin, R., T. Botero, M. Coloma, A. Topash-Ríos, C. Rooney, E. Mangione-Lora, C. Roach, S. Centellas, A. Grose. (14 November). “Clases, Comunidad y Colaboración: ROLL’s Role in Engaged Learning”. Center for Social Concerns’ Engaged Learning Forum, University of Notre Dame.


Parroquin, R., E. Wilson, and P. Karban. (9 July). “Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: The transformative magic of seeing the self in children’s literature and connecting to history, community, and culture”. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference, Chicago, IL.



Parroquin, R. with E. Geiger‐Medina. (2016). Applying the POWER Model in a Second Language Class.  In M. Beckman & J. Long (Eds.), Community‐Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Centellas, S., R. Parroquin, and M. Moreno. “Spanish CBL and La Casa de Amistad” (May 25) Community Engagement Faculty Institute, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame.

Centellas, S., R. Parroquin, and M. Moreno. (October). “Lessons Learned and Best Practices from a Sustained University-Community Partnership” 2016 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Parroquin, R., C. Mick, and S. Williams. (October). “Assessing the Impact of Community-Based Learning (CBL) on Student Learning Outcomes in a Spanish Program” at CUALHE- Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language & Humanities Education, University of Notre Dame.

Parroquin, R. and S. Williams. (October). “Charting the Future: Cross-Campus Partnerships for Institutional Change” 2016 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Washington, D.C.



Parroquin, R. (July 18, 2015). “Art in Motion – Using Technology to Unframe Oswaldo Guayasamín’s Ecuador” AATSP’s Meeting the Needs of a Changing Profession conference, Denver, CO (July 17‐20).

Centellas, S., M. Moreno, and R. Parroquin. “Spanish CBL and La Casa de Amistad” (May 28); Botero, T., E. Mangione‐Lora, R. Parroquin, and A. Topash‐Ríos. “Art in Motion: Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed” (May 27), Community Engagement Faculty Institute, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame.

Parroquin, R. and S. Williams. (October 26) “Evaluating the Impact of Spanish Community-Based Learning (CBL) Involvement on Student Learning Outcomes and Community Partnerships” IUPUI’s Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

Parroquin, R. and C. Mick. (October 6) “On the Effectiveness of Spanish CBL Classes” Center for Social Concerns Research Seminar, University of Notre Dame.



Parroquin, R., T. Botero and K. Richman. (May 29, 2014) “Engaging the SB Latino Community Through CBL/CBR” Community Engagement Faculty Institute, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame.

Mangione‐Lora, E., T. Botero, and R. Parroquin.  (July 11, 2014) “Making connections: Experiential Learning, Reflective Writing, and Course Content.”  AATSP’s Articulation to Success conference, Panama City, Panama (July 8‐11).

Rivers Parroquín, Rachel, A. Topash‐Ríos, E. Mangione‐Lora, and T.Botero, eds. August 2014.  Art in Motion – Guayasamínʼs Ecuador Unframed: An Interdisciplinary Resource Packet for Teachers. University of Notre Dame.



Parroquin, R. and Joyce Long. (May 30, 2013) “Community Based Research: What, How, and Why?” Community Engagement Faculty Institute, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame.



“Reflective Teaching and Learning that become Service to Justice” panel discussion with community partners from La Casa de Amistad.  Ohio State University “To Learn and to Serve: Critical Service‐Learning Initiatives and Community Engagements” October 18‐20, 2012, Columbus, OH. 

“Enhance Student Reflection and Production by Integrating Prompts and Rubrics.” co‐presented with Elena Mangione‐Lora at ACTFL, Many Languages, One United Voice Convention, November 16‐18, 2012 at Philadelphia PA.



“Community Based Learning in the Context of L2 Learning and Another Culture,” Facilitated Roundtable discussion at Indiana Campus Compact, Networking Council—Northern Regional Meeting, September 30. University of Notre Dame.

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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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