Francisco J. Peláez-Diaz
Assistant Teaching Professor in Latinx Ministries, Drew University
Field of Study: Religion and Society
Francisco envisions his role in the religious academy as a broker, catalyst, and bridge builder. Being an immigrant himself and having worked as a pastor of immigrants in a multiethnic/multicultural congregation, he understands that there are many challenges derived from the immigrant experience, for both the immigrants and the receiving communities. Through his work in the church and his involvement in the civil rights agency of Dayton, Ohio, he helped to alleviate some of those challenges at multiple levels. He is convinced that through his work as an educator, church leaders and people of faith can be inspired and compelled to play a revolutionary role in addressing the challenges presented by the growing phenomenon of global migration.