Community Organizer / Organizadora de la Comunidad
Erika Serrano is committed to helping those who have been marginalized by social structures and institutions become leaders in their community. Both of Erika’s parents are immigrants from Mexico. As the oldest child, and being bilingual, she was usually the one translating and advocating for herself and her family. She understood from a young age that she wanted to continue positively connecting the people she loved and cared about to the world around them. Erika began her professional career as an English as a Second Language Teacher at a 5th-6th Grade School in Fort Morgan. During this time, she was able to connect with immigrant students and their families, and developed an after-school program for parents to learn English. With a clear vision in mind of helping others, she moved her work to the Fort Morgan High School where she served as a Collegiate Advisor. There she created trusting relationships and guided first generation and low-income students academically, giving them access to higher education. Erika graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Spanish and TESL K-12 Education, and later received her masters in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Adams State University. Erika believes her story and background will empower others to take action and live a healthier life.
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