Cruz is from the Rio Grande Valley, Palmview, TX, completed a B.A. degree in Communication-Journalism from The University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, TX (2008) and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University (2011). His involvement in student organizations, leadership and residence life in his undergraduate education sparked his interests to work with student groups as a professional. His continued education solidified his passion for students and their development and the importance of diversity and social justice initiatives.
He has been with the department since 2009 and feels fortunate to work with a team of professionals that have the best interests of students in mind. He is also excited to help students reach their potential in their endeavors. At the Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) his initiatives are focused in the Hispanic/Latino student population and other underrepresented populations. He currently advises the Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC), Latino Males United (LMU).
Outside of the DMS, Cruz likes to get connected in the community through several organizations and attends community events. He is happily married and has two cats and a dog (Stumpy, Alice & Heidi). He enjoys game nights, painting, jogging, and occasionally watches reality TV shows.