About DoctorJonPaul

Dr. Higgins is a speaker, writer and social justice defender. He currently serves as Campus Pride’s Curriculum Educator, is a Lambda Literary writing fellow and a regular contributor to Presence.IO

His work has been included on sites like EfniksINTOMOREBlavityThe RootPride, TalkspaceSYFY and more notably, Them.

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 channel where he posts weekly videos about race and identity 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. This mini-documentary also covers his journey to receiving his doctoral degree. 

Dr. Higgins has spoken at mulitple universities including Kansas State, Wooster College, Colgate University, James Madison University, Louisville State University and University of Oregon. He  recently served as ACPA's closing speaker for their  2018 national conference and is booked at several universities nationally. 

Dr. Higgins continues to lecture all over the country on topics related to intersectionality, race, gender and sexuality and has gained attention from websites including Attn: and Vox. In April of 2017, Dr. Higgins gave his first TEDx talk on how to unlearn fear and develop personal power, leading to an op-ed piece on Splinter.com

He has consulted with several universities including Purdue University to restructure their Safe Zone program and continues to work with local organizations to educate other on the needs of queer, trans people of color. 

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 in his class and was inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society. 

Dr. Higgins 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.