Master Social Worker & Community Advocate
Roicia was born and raised in Arizona and was a child who experienced foster care until she was eight years old. She was then adopted by her late Hopi mother Bernice, who fell passed away from complications of COVID-19 in February 2021. Banks enjoys sharing her life experiences, what it was like growing up on tribal land, and how it has shaped her career path. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned double bachelor's degrees in African & African American Studies and Political Science at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2013, she received her Master of Social Work from the accredited Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Federal Indian Law and Conflict Resolution at Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University. completing that degree in May 2023. Ms. Banks was also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Servant-Leadership award from Arizona State University in January 2022.
Ms. Banks has served children and families within the state and tribal government for over ten years as a social worker and community advocate. In an effort to make a bigger impact, she became the sole owner and founder of Social Roots LLC established in August 2018.
Social Roots provides a wide range of social work services focusing on African American and Indigenous communities. Social Roots LLC began as an independent social work consulting business and in 2018, was solely providing home visitation and behavioral health recommendations to attorney clientele. Social Roots expanded its programming to creatively and culturally impact those who disproportionately experience trauma.
All families deserve access to resources, and information for mental, physical, financial, and spiritual health. Our belief at Social Roots is in order to have healthy children who grow into healthy adults in our society, their parents, families, and communities must also be healthy.