Named “Top 100 LGBTQ Emerging Leaders" by National Black Justice Coalition!
Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator and thought leader.
With over 10 years of experience in education, social justice and grass roots movements, Dr. Higgins is focused on public speaking and working with the media on issues centered on people of color, LGBTQ storytelling and marginalized communities. Bylines include: Blavity, The Root, Fusion and Efniks. He recently served at Campus Pride’s Curriculum Educator and will be consulting later on this year with several universities.
Dr. Higgins is committed to using his voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and LGBTQ community. In September of 2016, Dr. Higgins launched a YouTube page where he posts weekly videos about social justice issues, and began sharing pieces of his a mini-documentary highlighting stories related to his life as a queer black man growing up in the inner city of San Bernardino, as well as being the first person in his family to attain a doctoral degree.
Dr Higgins has spoken at several universities including Kansas State University, Colgate University, Wooster College and more. He has consulted with Purdue University to restructure their Safe Zone program. Dr. Higgins continues to lecture at universities all over the country on intersectionality, race, gender and sexuality, and will give his first TEDx talk on unlearning fear in April of 2017. As is he is passionate about both speaking and writing, he will also be attending Lambda Literary’s second Writing Retreat where he will be working with some of the best queer writers and scholars.
Dr. Higgins was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands where he graduate top three of his class and was inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society.
Dr. Higgins recently completed his Educational Doctorate of Leadership in Justice from the University of Redlands where he wrote his dissertation on the first year experiences of queer men of color in higher education. You can connect with him on all social media by using the handle, @DoctorJonPaul.