Mexican Immigrant Goes From The Hood To Harvard And Beyond
We had the honor of meeting Cesar Cruz, the first Mexican immigrant male to attend Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership. In addition to being a teacher for 19 years, this husband, father, and activist co-founded Oakland, CA's Homies Empowerment Program to stop gang violence. Cesar's dream is to utilize his time at Harvard University to find funding and support to one day launch an after-school center for Oakland youth in areas of high gang violence.
Cesar with wife and kids.
We caught up with Cesar recently to see how he is doing, and we couldn't be more proud. The role model is in his second year at Harvard. Also, he just completed his first summer as Assistant Dean of Harvard Summer School. How awesome is that!? As if that isn't enough, he is also a Teaching Fellow, coaching 5 adult educators in an accreditation program to become principals. Everything seems to be on track for Cesar to graduate in 2016. Keep up the hard work, Cesar!
When we first met Cesar in the summer of 2013, he just found out he was accepted into the Doctoral Program for Education Leadership.