Friday, December 29, 2017

Sun Court

Stephanie Paz Sun Princess

Stephanie Paz

Stephanie Paz is the daughter of Juan and Yvette Silvas-Paz. A graduate of Harmony Science Academy in El Paso, Stephanie is now a sophomore at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is a Psychology major, minoring in Biology. Stephanie is a Native American woman from El Paso’s very own Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua tribe. At UTEP she is a member of the women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha where she has held leadership positions on the fraternity’s Executive Committee as both Historian-Reporter and Membership Chair. Currently, she is the New Member Coordinator where she serves as an exemplary character and mentor. Through ZETA she has been able to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer Run. Stephanie is also the current Vice President of Recruitment for the College Panhellenic Council where she organizes Formal Recruitment and promotes Panhellenic Sorority Life. She was awarded the “2017 Greek Woman of the Year” title because she represents and promotes Greek Life on campus in the most positive manner and works with all the chapters.

From 2016 to 2017, Stephanie 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 Stephanie’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 Behavioral Health on a research project that aims to create a “culturally-appropriate” toolkit that will strengthen the health of Tigua families, youth, and the tribal community. As an active member, she advocates not only for her tribe but for the American Indian Country as a whole in all aspects regarding physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Stephanie is proudly representing El Paso because she takes a great amount of pride in being Native American and a UTEP Miner and El Pasoan. As Sun Princess she intends to represent the strength of minorities, the dedication of a female leader, and the embodied pride of an El Pasoan.