Eva Maynard CSOM '97
The John A. Dinneen, S.J. Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award
Eva Maynard is a proven strategic planner, philanthropy professional, leadership development practitioner, event creator, mentor and friend. As a bilingual communicator with a genuine approach to constituent engagement, Eva is also an independent graphic designer and amateur photographer with musical aspirations. Eva is currently a trustee of Epiphany Charter School in Dorchester, MA.
Eva graduated with a degree in Marketing from Boston College, which she put to use on behalf of the University almost immediately after graduating with roles at the Center for Corporate Citizenship, the Office of Institutional Diversity in Human Resources, and University Advancement.
In her capacity as Assistant Director of Affinity Programs at the Alumni Association, Eva, along with a meaningfully selected group of dedicated alumni volunteers, conceived, developed and executed RECONNECT: the largest gathering of AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native-American) alumni of Boston College. As a direct result of Eva's vision and strategy for RECONNECT, a renewed, palpable vitality amongst alumni of color emerged. The unprecedented success of the initiative compelled the University to undertake the establishment of the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council of Boston College (AAAC), an affinity organization focused on strengthening and promoting meaningful engagement of AHANA alumni in all aspects of the University for generations to come.
In addition to AHANA alumni, Eva revived and developed affinity groups focused on the Arts, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Woods College of Advancing Studies and Law Enforcement; coordinated several reunions for alumni from treasured undergraduate extra-curricular groups such as the Heightsmen, BC bOp!, Voices of Imani, and My Mother’s Fleabag; and participated as a key member of University-wide committees dedicated to the inclusion, advancement, contribution and acknowledgement of students, faculty and staff, such as Black Faculty Staff and Administrators Association, the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Scholarship, the Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the Dominican Republic Service and Immersion Trip, and the Archbishop Oscar Romero Alumni Committee.
These formal and informal affiliations, at Boston College and beyond, have afforded Eva an opportunity to maintain her lifelong mission of empowering people to fulfill their greatest potential. This perspective is one which would be quite difficult for Eva to relinquish, as it stems from a lifetime of role models within her family, who lead by example in the way that they receive each person in their sphere of influence with love, respect and kindness, always seeking to strengthen, rather than tear down.
In fact, it is through her Panamanian parents, who were loving Evangelical missionaries; her aunt Joana, who in her twenties took on the responsibility of raising her niece and nephew; her brother, whose commitment to the spiritual development of his church flock is a testament to God’s agape love; and her aunts, uncles and cousins, who love unconditionally, that Eva’s foundation has been built.
She is who she is because of them. Eva is humbled by the acknowledgement of her commitment and contributions to the Latino community at Boston College, as reflected by this recognition.