Roque's a second generation Xicanx with Southeast Los Angeles roots having grown up in Huntington Park, California. Roque's parents immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. and experienced immense racism going through the public school systems in California and Texas which influenced Roque's drive around racial and educational justice. Roque is a proud UCSC banana slug where they began student organizing and got their B.A. in Community Studies. They went on to received their Masters in Social Work from USC in order to bring back tools that address the mental health and healing needs of youth of color in organizing spaces. They bring over 15 years experience in youth organizing, holistic leadership development, campaign strategy and movement building that centers youth of color and LGBTQIA+ students. In their spare time Roque enjoys making zines, recreational boxing and eventually wants to create a project that supports trans/gender non conforming youth of color affirm their identity through their style and fashion.