Program Manager, Newcomer Wellness Initiative, Oakland Unified School District
Julia Sitko is an Oakland based bilingual LCSW, PPSC with 15+ years of public school experience in teaching and social work. Julia has worked in LAUSD, SFUSD, abroad in Guatemala and now in OUSD. Julia is currently the program manager for the Newcomer Wellness Initiative where she leads a team of ten bilingual social workers/ MFTs in providing wrap-around services including case management, mental health services and school-based supports around improving school culture and climate for newcomers. Julia is passionate about the social/ emotional well being of students and believes that until students have their basic needs met and feel safe, learning can be extremely challenging and at times impossible.