Forbes, Rachel A.

Rachel A. Forbes, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

Rachel A. ForbesEducation

  • Master of Social Work, Concentration in International and Community Development, Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Loyola University Maryland

Sustainability Studies Courses

  • SUS 300, Foundations of Sustainability
  • SUS 331, Cultural and Place-Based Equity

Research Interests

  • Participatory action research methodology
  • Ecopsychology for sustainability
  • Central American development
  • Community gardening programming

I am an adjunct professor in Sustainability Studies at CMC in Summit County. I come to the CMC Sustainability Studies program as a clinical social worker and community organizer. As an instructor in Sustainability Studies, I am motivated by my passion for engaging communities and cultivating an awareness of social justice issues as they pertain to sustainability.

As a social worker, I stay engaged in promoting equity and wellness within our local communities. This work includes my involvement in campus initiatives such as the new community garden in Breckenridge. I have held positions such as Representative to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the International Federation of Social Workers and have conducted research in Guatemala City in conjunction with UNICEF to provide programming support for youth community development initiatives.

I currently work as a clinician and community outreach advocate at Colorado West Regional Mental Health in Frisco, Colorado, where I have the great opportunity to provide support to members of Summit County, including bilingual families, through individual counseling and the development of community programming initiatives. I also moonlight as a professional piano teacher and vocal coach and when I am not playing music in my studio, I can be found on a nice long bike ride or skiing the slopes.

Contact Information:

Location: Breckenridge
Phone: 970-453-6757
Email: rforbes@coloradmtn.edu