Dr. Tatiana Cruz: Surviving & Thriving While Mothering in Academia

“I wanted to have a family with multiple children. I always knew I wanted that.”

As millennials, we’re often told we don’t know what we want or we want too many different things at the same time. However, making a decision to fight for that which is deeply ingrained in your heart, can be key to surviving isolation, challenge, discouragement and unmerited pushback.

Just ask Dr. Tatiana M.F. Cruz.

She is currently an Assistant Professor of American History at Lesley University and holds a History and Public Policy Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She holds a Ph.D in History from the University of Michigan. She is a historian of race and gender in modern U.S. culture with an emphasis on African American and Latinx history and social movements. Dr. Cruz’s research centers on black-brown racial formation, community development, and mobilizations for racial justice in Boston in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

And after listening to her present, on an amazing panel discussing issues women of color face within Academia, it was clear what she refuses to negotiate on when it comes to her life’s work and purpose.

Tatiana believes in radical, purposeful, present & engaged, loving Motherhood.

In our unfiltered, transparent, laughter-filled interview, Dr. Cruz makes it plain what is required of a millennial woman whose heart has a dual-aligned purpose; who wants to not only survive, but also thrive.

She takes us on her journey of 3 births, two VBACS, the dispelling of racial-socio-economic stereotypes, and most importantly, how she keeps her children “woke.”

Listen in below, and for more information on her presentation, resources, or to ask follow up questions, please email Dr. Cruz at tcruz4@lesley.edu.

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