Cesar Cruz: Inspiration At Its Best

Cesar Cruz:  Inspiration At It’s Best

Cesar Cruz with Gabriela Velazquez (left) and Catherine Gonzalez (right).

September 28, 2012

The Menlo College Latino Society invited renowned poet, author, and human rights freedom fighter Cesar Cruz to speak on September 26, 2012.  He shared with Menlo students his experiences growing up and how his Latino culture inspired him to make a difference in the world.

“Cesar’s presentations are so inspirational and eye opening, that I could not let the opportunity past by, he had to visit Menlo College,” said Gabriela Velazquez, Latino Society President.  “Cesar not only spoke about our Latino culture and his experiences as a Latino immigrant, but also of how as human beings, it is our duty to help each other.”

Cruz is also the co-founder of Homies Empowerment, a youth development organization for gang impacted youth in Oakland, CA.  He brought along 32 of his high school and college students participating in his program to tour the Menlo College campus.  The Latino Society members showed Cruz and his students the residential halls, gym, Student Union, and even joined them for dinner in the cafeteria.   To conclude the night, Cesar led the group in a “unity clap” to show how all individuals are connected yet come from different cultures and are unique in their own way.