Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to Army veteran, former executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and Pd.D candidate at City University of New York City, Jose Vasquez.
Jose Vasquez was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Southern California. After graduating high school in 1992, Mr. Vasquez joined the United States Army. He spent four years active duty as a cavalry scout. In 1997, Mr. Vasquez reenlisted in the Army Reserve and served as a combat medic in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment at Fort Shafter, HI. In 1997, Jose applied for conscientious objector in January 2005. He received his honorable discharge in March 2005, with the rank of Staff Sergeant
Jose Vasquez earned a B.A. from City University of New York City College. He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology from City University of New York City College. He served as executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War from 2009-2012. He currently teaches at the John Jay College and works part-time as the Training Director of the Veteran’s Organizing Institute at Beyond the Choir.
Here is Jose Vasquez and his definition of a leader and his time at IVAW:
“I think any good leader realizes that in order for more leaders to come up through the ranks he or she needs to step aside at some point. I fully intend to continue to be a member of the organization I love and will fill whatever volunteer role makes the most sense for me to take, including on the board if you’ll have me.”
Today we honor Jose Vasquez has our Evolved Man of the Week.