Rocio Bautista, MSW, LSW
Visiting Research Specialist
Center for Healthy Work Outreach Coordinator
Driven by her commitment to radical, sustainable change and empowerment of individuals, Rocio is excited to step into communications and outreach at the Center for Healthy Work. Her ability to build strong relationships and foster community-centered initiatives are important in guiding her to create positive impact.
Rocio’s academic journey was shaped by learning about community issues and how to confront them in a way that centers historically marginalized individuals and communities. She earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her main focuses of study were program development and social work research. She completed her MSW internship at the New American Welcome Center and formed part of the Immigrant Helpline Team, where she connected clients to community and government resources and helped build the bridge between residents and service-providers. Rocio also played a pivotal role in orchestrating Champaign County's Welcoming Week 2021, a remarkable initiative comprising 28 events hosted by various community organizations with the common goal of fostering a sense of belonging and unity among diverse populations in the county.
Rocio also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychological Services from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. This time in her academic journey formed the basis of her future work in community program development and research. As an assistant at the Infant Cognition Lab, Rocio had an incredible experience working closely with infants, as well as studying their cognitive development at the earliest stages.
Rocio is looking forward to collaborating with dedicated individuals all over the state to promote healthy work and create long-lasting, positive changes that will benefit workers all over the state.