Women’s History Month Spotlight: Leonora Escobar

March 17th, 2023

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the College of Humanities is spotlighting a few of our most dedicated and long-serving faculty and staff members who operate behind the scenes in various roles and are part of the essential fabric behind the work we do. This week, meet Leonora Escobar, Curriculum Coordinator who has worked for the College of Humanities for 13 years.


Q: Can you briefly describe your role in your own words?  


A: As the Curriculum Coordinator for many of the departments with the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC), I am the liaison between our director, department heads, and other campus colleagues. I manage all the logistics for delivering courses, including processes from scheduling the course to assisting students with registration. In addition, I also support the faculty and students across our main campus, online, and distance modalities. By doing this, it ensures that both students and faculty have a successful semester.


Q: Are there any women who have been particularly influential in your life or career?


A: My mother has always been my inspiration. She taught me how to be independent, to make strong family connections, and to set goals to become a strong woman. Through all my experiences growing up with her, I’ve learned so many life lessons that have help me to grow into the person I am today. Now that the roles have changed and I am now her caregiver, I know she has prepared me for all of life’s challenges and I am happy to reciprocate and provide her with the gentle love she has always given me.  


Q: What’s your favorite part about working for the College of Humanities? 


A: I love working with a diverse group of people. COH and SILLC have brought so many people from all kinds of backgrounds into my life, and I’ve learned so much from them all. I’ve made great friends, turned extended family, in my time at COH and I’m grateful for all the ways they support me in and out of the workplace. I just really enjoy working with everyone across the college and being part of the humanities family. 


Q: Is there anything you would like to share about your interests or life story that others may not know? 


A: I am driven by my love for my family. My husband of nearly 40 years has supported me through many seasons of life. My three kids are all UA Alumni who are off living lives that make us proud. And last but certainly not least, I have three beautiful grandkids! I love watching their unique personalities develop and love spending time with them.