Roya graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 with Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish—in the Honors program. In 2009, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, Roya was a member of the Wisconsin International Law Journal and authored a published article. Although born in Memphis, Tennessee, Roya’s parents are from the Middle East. Roya has traveled the world learning about other cultures, languages, peoples, and food. She has taught English in China, and studied in Turkey and Spain. She has also engaged in many community service projects in several countries in Central America and Eastern Europe. Roya’s exposures to various cultures have enabled her to understand the immigration and social issues facing people from many parts of the world. She has a passion for justice and service to others. In her free time, Roya is involved in local programs, which seek to empower young teenagers, and focus their youthful energy on initiating and leading projects to improve their own communities.