ISSI Social Change Awards: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize and KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Award Ceremony
Special Event | April 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Dr. César A. Cruz, Homies Empowerment and Bridge Fellow-TNTP
Keynote: "Our Voice/Our Mobilization: The 21-foot Ladder for Life's 20-foot Borders" by Dr. César A. Cruz.
Please join us as we honor Lauren Heidbrink, Elizabeth Clark-Rubio, Rassidatou Konate, Marisa L. Ahmed, Alankrita Dayal, and Yvonne Dorantes.
From marching 76-straight miles, to hunger striking for 26 days, Dr. César Cruz has dedicated his life to fighting for justice. Born in México, he migrated to the U.S. with a single mother. César grew up in South Central L.A. and attended UC Berkeley, earning a B.A. in History. He was the first Mexican immigrant male to received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from Harvard University. An educator for 23-years, he is the author of two books: Revenge of The Illegal Alien and Bang for Freedom and is co-founder of the Homies Empowerment Program in Oakland, California. Currently, he is designing his own high school, HomiesEmpowerment.co for youth who have been previously incarcerated, and he is building it based on gang-assets. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Dr. Cruz is considered one of Americas 30 education thought leaders. Amidst all the accolades, he is proudest to be a husband, and father of three children: Olin, Amaru and Quetzali.