White Bar
Taylor Building


University Forums will be held at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Chapel.


A question-and-answer session is held at 3 p.m.

University Forum

Thursday, May 21, 2015


2 p.m.

Taylor Chapel


Jared Banks

Diplomat, U.S. Mission to the United Nations


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“My Work, His Glory”


Jared Banks is a United States Foreign Service Officer.  He grew up in the Washington DC area and served an LDS mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at BYU and a PhD in African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between history, politics, and culture in post-colonial Africa. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Mozambique.


Jared began working for the U.S. government as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Department of Homeland Security).  He later joined the Department of State and has been on overseas assignments to the US Embassies in Brazil, Poland, and twice in Afghanistan.  He has also worked in several offices in Washington DC where he has been involved in a variety of issues ranging from human rights to international migration, justice sector reform, and peacekeeping.    


Brother Banks comes to us from Geneva, Switzerland, where he works to support the U.S. government’s engagement on a variety of multilateral issues.  He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of 3 sons, one of whom is currently serving an LDS mission in Brazil.