• Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Social Change Speaker Series

    October 12, 2020
    Contact: Andrea Garcia, Associate Vice President,
    University Advancement,
    (707) 638-5272, andrea.garcia@tu.edu
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2020
    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Touro University’s Seeds for Social Change Speaker Series
    (Vallejo, CA) – Don’t miss the final speaker in Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Seeds for Social Change speaker series on Wednesday, October 14 at noon! Educational activist and Co-Founder of Homies Empowerment, Dr. Cesar Cruz, will close our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a discussion honoring the collective history, culture and roots of the Latinx diaspora. All are welcome to attend this free Zoom event! 
    • Dr. Cesar Cruz, Homies Empowerment Co-Founder and Harvard University Dean of Secondary Schools Program
    ·       Interested members of the community
    ·       TUC faculty, staff, and students
    WHERE: Visit ww.tu.edu/hispanicheritagemonth to register for this event or view past session recordings.
    WHEN: 10/14: Session 3, 12 to 1 p.m.Honoring Latinx Culture, Roots and Our Collective History with Dr. Cesar Cruz
    WHY: Hispanic Heritage Month is held from September 15 – October 15 to celebrate the various independence days and acknowledge the diverse cultures and contributions within the Hispanic and Latin diaspora. Originally started as a heritage celebration week in 1968, the observation was expanded to a full month in 1988. TUC provides a learning experience that promotes the acceptance and appreciation of diversity to prepare professionals for rewarding lives in service to others both locally and around the globe. To that end, the University is celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx individuals in order to inspire and empower its students, healthcare and educational professionals, and the larger Vallejo community with its Seeds for Social Change Speaker Series.
    Dr. Cesar Cruz: Raised in Compton, CA, Dr. Cesar Cruz became the first in his family to graduate high school, UC Berkeley and Harvard University with a doctorate in Educational Leadership. He has been an educator since 1994 and is currently overseeing the Homies Empowerment Program based in Oakland, which serves 25,200 meals weekly through its FREEdom Store. He is also designing an ethnic studies high school for youth pushed to the margins.
    About the Touro College and University System: Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent, graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The University, home to approximately 19,000 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff, and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.
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    Andrea Garcia, Associate Vice President, University Advancement
    Andrea.Garcia@tu.edu, (707) 638-5272
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