Benny Vasquez describes himself as a lifelong learner and a seeker of justice. A native of Brooklyn, he graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in African American Studies and Sociology, and completed his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University and has an MPA from New York University.
Benny’s journey includes working as the Director of Diversity at The Town School, an independent school in New York City. Prior to creating impactful cultural change at Town, Benny was the Director of Education at GLSEN – the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. In this position, Benny worked with educators across the country to create safer schools irrespective of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. He also organized students across the country in celebrating various national days of action that focused on combating the inequalities faced by the LGBTQ community in our schools. His work has included co-chairing the Diversity Committee for the New York Association of Independent Schools, training public school teachers on the Respect For All initiative, collaborating with the NEA in developing materials for No Name Calling Week, and developing social justice focused programing for mission based non-profits. He is also one of the co-founders of The CARLE Institute (Critical Analysis of Race and Learning in Education): An Institute for White Educators in independent schools.
Benny is also a published writer – his work has been included in anthologies focusing on race and identity. He has always had a strong passion for social justice, education reform and anti-racism work within educational settings and lives and breathes in the intersectionality of his work.