The Rev. Charles (Chaz) Lattimore Howard, PhD serves as The University Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity & Community at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Over his more than quarter-century at Penn, he and his team have worked to curate a dynamic spiritual and religious community on and around campus. In addition to his responsibilities as Chaplain, Chaz has provided leadership to a range of campus initiatives and taught in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education. In 2020, he was invited to assume an additional role at Penn as the inaugural Vice President for Social Equity and Community.
His writing has been featured in such publications as Sojourners Magazine, Daily Good, Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, The Christian Century, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Forward, Democratic Left, and Slate. He is the author of five books including most recently Black Theology as Mass Movement, Pond River Ocean Rain and The Bottom: A Theopoetic of the Streets. He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters.