Stephanie Paz is the daughter of Juan and Yvette Silvas-Paz. A graduate of Harmony Science Academy in El Paso, Stephanie is now a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso where she is a Psychology major, minoring in Biology. Paz is a Native American woman from El Paso’s very own Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua tribe. She is a member of the women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha at UTEP where she has held leadership positions on the fraternity’s Executive Committee as Historian-Reporter, Membership Chair, and New Member Coordinator. She is currently the fraternity’s President where she delegates her committee and directs the fraternity. Through ZETA she has been able to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer Run and many events that support the fraternity’s Breast Cancer Education & Awareness Philanthropy. Paz served as Vice President of Recruitment for the College Panhellenic Council in 2017 where she organized Formal Recruitment and promoted Panhellenic Sorority Life at UTEP. She was awarded the “2017 Greek Woman of the Year” title after representing and promoting Greek Life on campus in the most positive manner and works with all the chapters.
From 2016 to 2017, Paz served as a Senator-at-Large for the university’s Student Government Association. As a Senator-at-Large, representing one thousand students, she voiced student concerns at the local college level and created “special projects” for the student body to benefit. Her platform focused on raising awareness on dating violence and sexual assault among college students and campuses by moderating films followed by open discussions.
In Paz’s Native American community, she is an advocate for Native American youth and health. She currently works at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Department of Tribal Empowerment as a Student Success Advisor. As a Student Success Advisor, she advocates for and assists in higher education in Tribal high school students and serves as a mentor. Paz was the first female governor for her tribe’s Tigua Youth Council where she and her council created a skate park in her tribal community to promote and foster healthy lifestyles for tribal youth. As an active member, she advocates not only for her tribe but for the Indian Country in all aspects regarding physical, mental, and spiritual health. Paz sat on the National Indian Health Board’s Tribal Youth Health Advisory Board in 2017 where she assisted in Native American health on both the local and national level.
Paz is humbled and honored to be the El Paso Sun Court’s 2018-19 Lady-In-Waiting as she takes a great amount of pride in being a woman, a minority, and an El Pasoan. As a Sun Princess, she appreciated the empowerment of her follow Sun Court and young women in El Paso. As Lady-In-Waiting, she intends to empower the Sun Court and proudly represent El Paso through the title.