TJE Program Coordinator
Jocelin is a San Jose community organizer and educator, who had dedicated herself to liberatory education and housing justice in the Bay Area. Jocelin was born in the South Bay and calls East Side San José her home. Jocelin grew up attending public schools in San José and graduated from East Side Union High School District. She earned her bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Human Rights Education, and International & Multicultural Education.
Jocelin’s passion for transformative justice education comes from her own experiences growing up in a Salvadoran immigrant household; and as a poor, queer Brown woman navigating through the UC System and other educational institutions. Previously homeless and a survivor, Jocelin sees the need for transformative justice education in any, and every space in order to break cycles of violence, and create spaces of healing, creativity, and belonging.
Jocelin’s previous professional experience has been in urban education and public policy, specifically around displacement and its impact on Black, Brown, and undocumented student’s health and learning. She has been part of grassroots organizing efforts; working with community members, coalitions, and public officials to address the displacement impacting San Jose, and centering the importance of housing as a pillar to individual and community wellness. Jocelin is a founding member of the South Bay Community Land Trust and currently sits on the Board.
On her free time, Jocelin loves to spend time with her family and talking walks in nature. She loves to cook with her partner, cuddle with her cats, dance and make art.
Jocelin holds an M.A. in Human Rights Education and a B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies.