Born in Tucson, Arizona, from a family that predominately emigrated from Mexico, Rocque would ruminate with his family and friends about the challenges facing an American with Hispanic roots: how to deal with a more hostile environment against Latinos, and how to assert his U.S. citizenship, his birthright, while staying connected to his community. His identities are intersectional, identifying as the first gay man in his family, having come out during a time when societal acceptance of the LGBTQ community was still shifting in its favor.
From a very young age, Rocque knew that he wanted to dedicate himself to work in service to others. He found this work as an escape from a childhood filled with adverse circumstances, where he was surrounded by substance, physical, and emotional abuse.
He began his journey in higher education at the University of Arizona. A first-generation and self-supporting student, he pursued a degree in Political Science and Public Relations. It was the combination of his studies, connections, and employment at the University that kickstarted his goal to do more and dream bigger.