Violeta Valdez
By School of Behavioral Health - June 1, 2023

My name is Violeta Valdez and I am a first-generation Mexican-American with a passion for becoming a mental health professional. From an early age, I understood the significance of giving back and actively working to create positive change in marginalized and often overlooked communities.

It was during my senior year of high school when I took my first psychology class that I realized my calling. I was captivated by the power of therapy and advocacy, and I knew that this was the path I wanted to pursue. I saw the incredible impact that a supportive and collaborative approach could have on individuals, families, and communities.

Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the struggles faced by my own family and those around me. I saw the profound disparities in access to resources, support, and opportunities needed to live a truly fulfilling life. These experiences ignited a deep sense of purpose within me, driving my determination to make a difference.

The glaring discrepancies in socioeconomic status, the distribution of resources, and the insufficient delivery of mental health services left an indelible mark that made me motivated to help. I became acutely aware of the urgent need for change. I realized that I wanted to play a pivotal role in bridging the gaps and ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has access to the support they need to thrive. That realization led me to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, as it offered me the knowledge, skills, and platform to enact meaningful change in the field of mental health. I am dedicated to empowering individuals, advocating for equitable access to mental health resources, and dismantling the barriers that prevent marginalized communities from receiving the care they deserve.

My mission is to create a world where mental health services are readily available. I believe in the transformative power of therapy and the immense strength of collaborative efforts. Through my work, I aim to foster resilience, inspire hope, and uplift individuals as they embark on their own journeys of healing and growth. I hope to work with other determined people and agencies that can help break down barriers, challenge stigmas, and build a more inclusive and compassionate society—one where mental health is prioritized, understood, and supported.

Written by Violeta Valdez, who graduates in June 2023 with an MSW degree