Luis F. Paredes
Advocate for Latinx/a/o Identity Group
Bridgewater State University
Dr. Luis F. Paredes is the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity at Bridgewater State University. His work is centered on diversity and inclusion best practices with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry; having particular skill in establishing rapport with people from diverse backgrounds. He is an active educator, consultant and a resourceful trainer of diversity and inclusion competencies to support initiatives and structural organization. He provides leadership in diversity programming to the entire campus community and thereby advances the university’s mission and values. He was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Stetson University, where he provided leadership to, and advanced campus diversity and inclusion efforts. Before that, Dr. Paredes served as a Senior Academic Advisor at the University at Albany, SUNY. In Spring 2017, he was a visiting residency artist at Duke University’s Dance Program. His scholarship focuses on identity development, dance performance as narrative, and race theory and thought. In addition to leading the Office of Institutional Diversity, he is a visiting assistant professor for the School of Social Work, as well as, trains student mentors for community service learning. Dr. Paredes has taught courses focusing on diversity, race, ethnicity, sexism, immigration, Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, dance theory, and Spanish. He received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY in Interdisciplinary Cultural, Area, and Ethnic Studies.