Marianna Sousa, a non-traditional educator, author and multimedia journalist has a passion for creating impact through “edutainment”. A graduate from The Maynard Institute for Journalism Sacramento Voices program and the NPR Next Generation Radio Training project at Capital Public Radio, through multimedia storytelling, she serves as a community correspondent focused on wellness and building healthy lifestyles. As a non-traditional educator, she teaches the art of community storytelling through the scope of contemporary multimedia art and culture.
From 2016-2017 Marianna served as the Los Rios Community College student trustee and representative for over 80,000 students. As the voice for student interests and campus life, she contributed to student-led statewide bills to increase campus safety with a focus on mental health awareness and advocacy for unhomed students. With extensive community work in community leadership and a degree in communications, Marianna honed in on her ability to connect, advocate and provide training for students, staff, faculty and administrators.
Her publication, Own Your SHIT, a trauma healing workbook, has been featured nationally, in college campuses and training as well as in organizations and news media outlets that believe in providing positive leadership and social healing. As a certified Mental Health First Aider through the National Council for Behavioral Health, she integrates principles that inspire high-level self-awareness and care.
For over 20 years Marianna’s commitment to creating down-to-earth methods to serve and heal communities is attributed to her goal to leave her community more beautiful and beneficial than when she inherited it. Her established body of work serves as a culturally responsive and highly engaging approach to trauma-informed care, restorative justice, leadership, public health and safety. Her curriculum, creative content and training continue to inspire students, staff, faculty and administrators who seek personal, professional and institutional transformation.