Carlos R. Cruz

Program Manager at CIDRAP
Start Date: 
September, 2010
Carlos R. Cruz

What is your favorite accomplishment at the University of Minnesota, so far?

In June 2013, CIDRAP successfully launched it’s new web site (on Drupal). It was a year long arduous process, involving many internal stakeholders and working closely with an outside vendor. The result was a success, with praise coming from people all over of the world.  Some of the highlights of the new web site: balance of content and images, well organized and attractive, consolidated CIDRAP web properties, responsive design, and improved search functionality.

What brought you to the University of Minnesota and the Academic Health Center?

What specifically brought me to Minnesota was my wife, as she was accepted to graduate school at the UMN (Humphrey), back in August 2010. I had been working in public health for the past 10 years of my life, prior to our move to Minnesota. CIDRAP had this exciting and challenging position open, and it was a great fit to my skills and interests. 

What excites you about working at the University of Minnesota and the Academic Health Center?

There are new learning opportunities everywhere. There are so many events and lectures going on, it’s great to be part of such a vibrant community. I think it’s important to continue to learn and grow in all stages of life, and the UMN/AHC provides a great platform for that.

Motto or personal mantra: 

There are three that I try to live by everyday: 

  1. "Treat others like you want to be treated"
  2. "Success: Peace of mind attained only through self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of what you are capable." (John Wooden)
  3. "Think positive, be positive, live positive"

Favorite place on Earth: 

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. The former capital of Guatemala is surrounded by three volcanoes; it features cobblestone streets, old colonial churches, and Spanish Baroque style architecture. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a place my family and I treasure (and this is where I met and married my wife).

Before I die, I would like to:

Continue to travel the world and experience new cultures. I’ve been lucky enough to travel throughout Central America, part Europe, a few countries South America, and a couple of islands in the Caribbean. However, I would to to visit Asia, Africa, and Australia / New Zealand. Experiencing and embracing new cultures (people, local customs, food, music), I believe helps you grow as an individual, provides a better understanding of the world, and offers the best life memories and stories to share. 

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