Dahlia Roman, family coordinator of NIU Child Development and Family Center, was recently named a Hometown Hero by DeKalb radio station 94.9 WDKB. The award, which highlights people in the community who are doing positive things, is given out weekly by the station.
“I was stunned, humbled and so surprised,” said Roman, who began working at the Child Development and Family Center in 2019. “I had a busy first week and this was such a great way to end it.”
Roman graduated from NIU in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in child development. As the center’s family coordinator, she supports the Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE) program and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.
“I love working with all of our families,” Roman said. “Connecting to the children and their families has allowed for added supports and links to both on-campus and off-campus resources and services. I love the fact that what I do is preventative and proactive in supporting the development of children and normalizing the stressors of parenting.”
Thomas Pavkov, School of Family and Consumer Sciences chair, said Roman is an integral part of the Child Development and Family Center team.
“Dahlia’s field of experience provides an enormous repertoire of support for our families,” Pavkov said. “She brings all of her heart to her work and is beloved by staff and parents alike.”
Learn more about Roman’s Hometown Hero award on 94.9 WDKB.