love is plentiful
Chaz Lamar Cruz was raised in the deserts and cities of southern California by his maternal grandparents - this upbringing informs his compassion towards addiction, survivors of trauma, and elders.
He earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State LA, and M.A. in Organization Leadership: Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Chaz brings critical womanist/feminist, queer theory and critical race theory to education and student affairs work with love, engagement, and intentionality. He believes education can be a unifying and liberating tool.
Chaz's work is informed by his interest of sharing truth & stories, and exploring identity as an ever evolving, ever expanding Black/BlaQ, 1st generation academic, lovechild. His work primarily explores the complexities of identity, race, gender, sexuality, art and futurity.
He has facilitated workshops, performed, and lectured, at universities, colleges, and national organizations from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New Orleans.
All photos on this site were taken by Elaine Raif @Rise.InLove