Assistant Professor and Director, Latino Initiative
Eva Serrano is an Assistant Professor at Aurora University (AU) and Director of AU’s Latino Initiative. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Northern Illinois University (2009), an MBA from the University of Dallas (1987), a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mundelein College of Loyola University (1983), and an Associate of Arts degree from Morton College (1981). Eva is also a graduate of Harvard University’s JFK School of Government Executive Education Program (2005). Eva is a faculty fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and a fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, ENLACE Leadership Institute, and Leadership Greater Chicago. She also completed executive training programs at the Center for Creative Leadership and Gallup Leadership Institute. Eva has experience in community-based organizations and higher education. Prior to joining Aurora University in 2004, she directed a U.S. Department of Education Title V Grant targeting Hispanic student success, and was a fellow in the USDA’s Hispanic Serving Institutions National Fellows Program. From 1987-2000, Eva held leadership positions with the following non-profit organizations: El Valor, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, and Girl Scouts of the USA (Whispering Oaks Council). Eva teaches first-year undergraduate courses at AU in Latino Studies, and has also taught graduate courses. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Eva serves as the AU faculty advisor to the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). In 2004, Eva co-authored with Ms. Sylvia Puente and Dr. Martha Zurita, Strategies for Success: Cicero Education Forum Summary (University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies). Research interests include Latino/a student retention and graduation in higher education, the advancement of Latinos in higher education, and leadership development.