Leticia Becerra-Ramos was born and raised in Oakland, California. As a proud daughter of immigrant parents, she owes a lot of her knowledge, strength, and resiliency to her upbringings, especially to her mother’s consejos (advice). As the youngest of six, she went on to be the first in her family to graduate high school and attend a four-year university. Leticia attended UC Santa Cruz where she received a combined B.A. in Latin American Latino Studies and Sociology as well as a minor in Education. It was at UCSC where her love for education flourished. After teaching for an after school program for one of her college courses, she discovered her community’s larger need for cultural representation in mental health. Soon after graduation, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in a program at the University of San Francisco that fit both of her passions so perfectly, School Counseling!
After receiving her master’s degree, Leticia worked as a wellness counselor for a local charter organization serving TK-12th-grade students in the Richmond and Oakland regions. Her main focus was to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program that gave all students the opportunity to access curriculum by meeting their social-emotional needs. She prides herself in being able to create a safe environment for students and equipping them with the tools necessary to navigate the demands of the 21st century and more importantly, in being their biggest advocate. She is excited to continue doing similar work in a setting she knows all too well! As a graduate from Oakland School for the Arts, she understands how the arts can motivate a student to accomplish their goals and never stop believing in a better and brighter future.