Jared Vázquez is a freelance diversity and inclusion consultant. He earned his Ph.D. candidate in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory at the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. His scholarly interests lie in bodies, sexuality, identity, culture, language and religious experience. His primary fields of study include continental philosophy, cultural and queer theory, Latinx studies, critical race theory, and Pentecostal studies. He has been a fellow at the Human Rights Campaign Summer Institute of the Religion and Faith Program and the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Princeton.
Jared has over 10 years of experience in leading, facilitating and developing dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion in both religious and non-religious spaces. He has taught in formal and informal settings as both faculty and consultant. As an adjunct professor at the Iliff School of Theology Jared teaches a diverse population of students how to better engage and lead their churches and communities with regard to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. This work reflects Jared’s passion of bringing people together to have dialogue that matters across differences, as well as his academic work, which has focused on theologies of inclusion and the effects of religious and social politics on the lives of queer folk and people of color.