Eva Serrano, EdD, EdS, MBA
AWEF Board Member
Years of Service: 2020 to Present
“As a passionate advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, I’m honored to use my experience in strategy, research, data, and collaboration to serve on this board for the benefit of women in Aurora.” — Eva Serrano
Eva is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Latino/a Studies at Aurora University. Eva has also received several fellowships from: University of Michigan, New Leadership Academy; Harvard University, JFK School of Government Executive Education Program; American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Faculty Fellow; National Hispana Leadership Institute; Center for Creative Leadership; and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hispanic Serving Institutions Fellow. She has been with Aurora University since 2004.
Throughout her career, Eva’s work has been recognized with honors and awards. Among these include the: Dedication and Service to BSU Community Award; City of Aurora Fiestas Patrias parade Grand Marshal; Cynthia Latimer Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award; Phenomenal Woman Award presented by Aurora University student group, ARISE; Dunham Fund Faculty Development grant in support of U.S. Mexico Border Studies trip; Student Advisor of the Year Award; City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board ‘s Peter J. Perez Award; and Student Advocate Award.
Eva received a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and an Educational Specialist degree from Northern Illinois University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Chicago.
In addition to her board work with the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, Eva currently serves as a board member for The Neighbor Project (2021), Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (also since 2016), and INC Board (since 2016). In 2017, Eva joined the Diversifying Faculty Initiative advisory committee sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.