(Ruth) Rebecca Arcos-Piedra was born and raised in Oregon. Her parents migrated from Acapulco, Guerrero to Oregon in the ‘80’s. Throughout her childhood and teen years, Rebecca and her family worked in the fields during the hot summers picking blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries as means of income. This lifestyle motivated Rebecca to further her education and attend college.
Rebecca was the first one in her family to attend college and started her college years at Chemeketa Community College first studying Business Administration and then Civil Engineering. She participated in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and had the opportunity to work as a mentor for CAMP, which she enjoyed greatly. Through her involvement on campus, she learned that her love for working with students was greater than her love for math and engineering, so she decided to pursue a degree in Social Work and received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2011 from Portland State University.
In Fall 2011, she attended Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and was accepted into the Advanced Standing Program allowing her to finish her Masters of Social Work in 2012. During her time at WUSTL, she was able to help establish Latino Link an interdisciplinary working group that links the WUSTL community to resources and initiatives related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and latinos in the US. Recognizing the need for services at WUSTL for Graduate Latino Students, Rebecca and other Latina Graduate students helped form the Latino Graduate Student Alliance which was recognized in 2013.
In 2014, Rebecca had the opportunity to do missionary work through her church and moved to Milwaukee, WI. She had the opportunity to work with men who were perpetrators of domestic violence. Later, she went on to work with adult individuals with severe mental health supporting them in integrating into the community and assisting them in obtaining their independence.
At the end of March 2018, Rebecca joined the RHC team as an Academic Advisor and Multicultural Student Success Coordinator. She serves students with the last name N-Z.
During her free time she enjoyed being outdoors and exploring Wisconsin with her partner. She also is involved in various community services projects through her church and forms part of the church choir.
Serving students with last names N through Z.
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