Meet Stephanie Roman, Student Body President and Senior at Skyline High School in Dallas TX
What drew you to public service and when did you first become involved in politics?
I have always dedicated time to serving and empowering others. I ran my first campaign at the age of 14. As a student at Skyline High School, I had the honor to serve as Class President my freshman and sophomore year and Student Body President my junior and senior year. These leadership positions, along with my ambition, have opened many wonderful doors of opportunities.
What does a day in the life of a Student Body President look like?
Serving as Student Body President comes with many responsibilities. I am responsible for carrying out daily school-wide announcements, attending community and school meetings, acting as a representative for the Dallas ISD Teen Board, facilitating weekly meetings with student government members and other officers, and most importantly, planning and organizing activities for the school.
Tell us a little bit about the projects you’ve lead on your campus?
I have organized and participated in several service projects, include drives to register seniors to vote, Trunk or Treat, where we provide candy and costumes for kids whose parents cannot afford such luxuries, and canned food drives benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Through these activities we teach students about the importance of civic engagement and we make it fun for students to be involved in bettering their communities.
What are some of your political leadership highlights to date?
As a student in the Advanced Social Sciences Magnet, I have had the opportunity to work closely with campaign organizers, government officials, and public entities. Since my freshman year, I have participated in block-walk campaigns to collect petition signatures for judges. Now in my senior year, I am interning with the County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniels. I just finished a major project in which I created a brochure to educate the community around issues of homelessness and permanent housing. The brochure was present to the county.
Through the Advanced Social Sciences Magnet, I was introduced to many leadership organizations, including Young Leaders, Strong Cities and IGNITE. I attended the Young Leaders, Strong Cities Conference, which focused on raising student awareness around social injustice. Soon after the conference, I was chosen to be on the board to plan the future of this organization. I assisted in making decisions about programming and introduced Young Leaders, Strong Cities to my classmates at Skyline. Now four Skyline students sit on the board!
Something very similar occurred with IGNITE. After I participated in the program, I realized how much other young women could benefit from the political leadership training. I was committed to bringing IGNITE to Skyline and in the fall of 2016 we launched our chapter. The experience has been fabulous and we’ve already had councilwoman Claudia Sandoval speak to us about her path to leadership!
What do you love most about IGNITE?
IGNITE helps me to continue working towards my dream of becoming an elected official. It helps me build confidence and it provides the support that I, and other young women need, to be successful.
What’s next for you?
This fall I’m attending the University of Texas, where I’ll definitely explore a run for Student Body government. After that, law school with the long term goal of practicing immigration law. In the future I’m committed to running for city council.