Hugh Vasquez is one of the country's top equity and diversity educators and a highlly-sought-after consultant to campuses and organizations working towards creating healthy multicultural environments. Driven by a deep sense of fairness, equity, and justice, he has emerged as one of the nation's top leaders in working to create environments where people from all cultures are honored, respected, and valued.
In the past 20 plus years, Vasquez has worked with hundreds of organizations and schools who want to take on the challenges of eliminating the social conditions that produce racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and the like. He has assisted national organizations such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America to establish nation-wide diversity initiatives and he has provided training to thousands of individuals throughout the country.
Vaquez is well-known for his role in the award-winning documentary film "The Color of Fear" and along with cast member Victor Lewis, has authored a four volume curriculum, Lessons from The Color of Fear, to use in conjunction with the film. The two also lead workshops using the film.
Vasquez was also the lead facilitator in the film "Skin Deep," a documentary on race relations with college students, and was an advisor to "It's Elementary," a film addressing homophobia with children. More recently, Vasquez directed the video "New Bridges," which highlights his work with high school students addressing race and gender.
Vasquez has co-authored the books No Boundaries: Unlearning Oppression and Building Multicultural Alliances and Making Allies, Making Friends: A Curriculum For Middle Schools, and is a contributing author of the book Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities (edited by Mirkin, Suyemoto, and Okun). He has published numerous articles on strengthening cultural roots and eliminating privileged systems.
Vasquez is currently a Senior Associate at the National Equity Project. Previously he was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Education Fund, a non-profit working to bring educational equity to public schools. He is a partner with the Center for Diversity Leadership and founder and former Director of TODOS Institute in Oakland, CA.
Hugh has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He serves as adjunct faculty to John F. Kennedy University in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and has taught courses at New College of California and California Institute of Integral Studies.
Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis are also available for joint appearances for "Beyond The Color of Fear" presentations and workshops.