Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?   I believe that people are capable of tremendous change if they are supported with information, education and acceptance. Mass incarceration is a serious crisis and effects not only those who are––and have been––directly involved in the criminal justice system, but also those impacted by the that system through family and loved ones. I have spent a lot of time learning about this issue through my academic studies and I am happy to be taking real, meaningful steps to make a difference.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I believe that people are capable of tremendous change if they are supported with information, education and acceptance. Mass incarceration is a serious crisis and effects not only those who are––and have been––directly involved in the criminal justice system, but also those impacted by the that system through family and loved ones. I have spent a lot of time learning about this issue through my academic studies and I am happy to be taking real, meaningful steps to make a difference.

Alicia is the VISTA Community Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator at Root and Rebound. She received their B.A. in sociology at UC Berkeley in 2018. Alicia participated in a senior honors seminar where she focused her research on gendered dynamics of alternative relationship styles, more specifically consensual non-monogamies. Alicia was a reentry student who transferred from community college before attending UCB. Being a former college dropout and returning to school has shown Alicia the importance of second chances.

Due to her own past struggles, Alicia is passionate about working with recovering addicts and those who hope to transform their lives for the better. She has worked as a clinical technician at The Camp Recovery Center where she facilitated therapeutic groups for those struggling with substance use.

In her spare time Alicia likes working with recovering addicts, practicing contact improvisation, going on hikes, cooking healthy meals and shaking a leg queer dance parties.