Rocio grew up in City Heights, San Diego and spent much of her time involved in community organizations that advocated for improving the quality of life for residents. After high school, Rocio attended the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her bachelor’s in Social Welfare and Chicano Studies. During undergraduate school, Rocio administered a residence hall theme program for first generation, Latinx college students. After graduation, Rocio moved back to San Diego and began working at the Tariq Khamisa Foundation where she saw firsthand the power of restorative practices in helping youth heal from trauma and develop resilience. During her time with the foundation, Rocio helped develop a social emotional curriculum that implemented restorative practices in schools. Rocio taught the curriculum at several schools throughout San Diego County and facilitated restorative circles for school staff. After several years of work experience, Rocio decided to pursue her Masters of Social Work at San Diego State University and is currently in her second year of the MSW program.