Roxana comes to OneAmerica with over 10 years of experience in advocacy and social justice work with immigrant populations. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington with a specialization in Community Centered Integrative Practice. As a former graduate intern at OneAmerica, Roxana brings firsthand experience of mobilizing immigrant communities towards civic action and policy change.
Roxana’s professional background includes providing cultural competency trainings to public schools and community based organizations to improve the system and services for immigrant populations and students of color. She has also served as a consultant leading policy change efforts for educational equity and presenting public health information to high school students. While with the City of Seattle, Roxana worked under the Immigrant and Refugee Initiative changing policies and expanding the capacity of the city to serve the needs of diverse communities.
Roxana’s policy work and community trainings are deeply rooted in her one on one work with immigrant families in crisis. She spent 5 years at Wellspring Family Services as a housing advocate working closely with low-income immigrant families at risk of homelessness.
In addition to her domestic experience, Roxana has also worked internationally for a women’s empowerment organization in rural India and taught English in a township in South Africa. After graduate school, Roxana was awarded the University of Washington Bonderman Travel Fellowship, allowing her to travel independently to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, East/West Africa and South America, while studying and writing about migration patterns, post-conflict zones, and displaced groups. Roxana is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and her experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to justice and immigrant rights.