Jen, as many know her "Jen Cruz," and I met during her time as a student at Seattle University. She was always outstanding and we bonded pretty quickly. Jen would often call Ryan and I her gay dads.
While we've spent a lot of time together, I appreciated learning more about her time in her hometown of Wapato, WA, her multicultural upbringing, how she developed her sense of family and community, and all of the ways her background shows up today as a PhD candidate at Harvard University. She's one of the most down-to-earth, fierce, and community-minded people I know.
We get pretty deep AND giddy in these conversations. And there may be a special guest who joins us just to say hello. Take a listen!
If you want to connect to Jen on Instagram, you can find her @jennifer_laurennn.
Music by Yung Garaje Guapo