Stephanie was born and raised in Colorado and grew up mostly in Aurora. Both of her parents are immigrants from Mexico and moved to the United States before she was born. Stephanie and her family moved back to Chihuahua, Mexico where her parents are from and she lived there for two years. During that time Stephanie was able to learn more about her family’s culture and customs and work on perfecting her Spanish. She decided to move back to the United States her junior year of high school and pursue higher education in Colorado. During her high school years, Stephanie became involved in issues around immigration and was one of the founders of the ASSET Student Engagement Club at her high school, which worked to help pass the ASSET bill in Colorado to give undocumented students in-state tuition.
Stephanie graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an additional major in Human Development and Family Studies in 2016. While in college, Stephanie also discovered her passion for social justice issues and wanted to do more to help her community. She joined the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center in the spring of 2016 and has developed a great passion for working with sexual assault survivors and creating more awareness about this issue within the Latino community. She then joined Fuerza Latina as a volunteer in September 2017 and is really excited to be one of the Community Organizers for the organization and work to help empower and organize the immigrant community. When she is not working she enjoys watching movies, reading books, painting and dancing.