Position: Mental Health Career Program Participant
Supervisor: Mara Sammartino, LCSW
Location: Sacramento, CA
Julio Cesar Zamarripa (he/him/él) was born in Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, and is a first generation student. He is the oldest of seven siblings and the first in his family to obtain an education higher than middle school. As part of the ESL program, he navigated K-12 with limited knowledge of higher education and eventually attended Sacramento City College. Julio grew up in Sacramento and then moved to Southern California for nearly ten years to complete his educational and career goals. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He then pursued a counseling degree from University of La Verne. Throughout his thirteen-year journey in higher education he received a lot of support and love from his family, friends and community. Committed to making a positive impact on students’ lives, Julio decided to pusue a career as a college admissions counselor before going on to pursue therapy. He plans to continue his education and training as a therapist so he can better serve the undocumented community by addressing the lack of mental health services and stigma associated with being undocumented. Through the Mental Health Career program, he hopes to gain insights, practices, and experiences to adapt his own therapeutic approach.