EDUCATION

Ed.D., Leadership for Educational Justice, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, 2015
DISSERTATION: Working at the Intersections- Examining the First Year Experiences of Queer Men of Color in Higher Education
M.A., Management, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, 2011
B.A., Communication Studies-Minor in Women’s Studies, California State University, San Bernardino,
San Bernardino, CA, 2008

RESEARCH INTEREST
Investigating ways educators can invest in the social and cultural capital of minoritized student while
implementing social change praxis methods into classroom curriculum.

ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS
Recipient, 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch, National Black Justice Coalitions, 2015
Inductee, Whitehead Leadership Society, University of Redlands, 2011

ACADEMIC/TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Guest Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2016
-Comm 633-Performance in Healing, provided detailed experience on issues related to race, culture and topics of queer studies.
Adjunct Instructor, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2016
-WGSS 205-Introduction to Women’s Studies, taught concepts of theory, gender, sexuality & politics using lessons, assignments and media to a class of 30 students. 88% excellent on student evaluations.
Guest Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2015
-SW 500-Challenging Identity, taught concepts related to social and cultural capital and how social worker can better navigate the intersectional experiences of their clients.
Guest Lecturer, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, 2015
-EDUC 509-Multiple Subject Literacy & Language II, taught concept related to understanding cultural capital and ways educators can make education plan more equitable.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant Director, Multicultural Affairs, California State University, Office of Multicultural Affairs Long Beach, CA,
2015-Present : Responsible for 5 cultural resource centers (African American, Latino, Asian/Asian Pacific Islander, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) as well as coordinating special interest groups for underrepresented student. Provide trainings for campus departments related to marginalized intersections of student populations, specifically first year students of color, in relation to university’s student learning outcomes. Coordinated first ever collaboration efforts with the Gay & Lesbian Center of Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Provide annual reports and data assessments related to events and services rendered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Area Coordinator of Academic Leadership, California State University, San Bernardino, Office of Housing and
Residential Life, San Bernardino, CA, 2010-2015: Provided on-call duty & emergency response on a rotating basis, 84 days yearly. Supported in the recruitment, selection and training of all professional and student staff. Led all staff training, including summer, fall and mid-year in-service. Assisted with the planning of several civil rights town halls, teach-in’s and diversity education events. Assessed all diversity and social justice programs, planned all educational outcomes of diversity programs.

Recreational Coordinator, City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreations, San Bernardino, CA, 2008-2010: Received award from the California Park and Recreation Society for the “Teen Empowerment Project”, a high school after hours program that provided additional education resources for inner city youth. Facilitated after school programs for homeless & at risk LGBT participants. Worked closely with Option House domestic shelter and families in need of additional assistance.

GRANTS
P-Power, Center for Health Equity Research, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2015 –2017 $899,617 total direct and in-direct/yrs 1-3

PUBLISHED CONTENT

“5 Ways To Support The Black LGBTQ Community In Times Of Uncertainty” 
Blavity, January 31, 2017
https://blavity.com/5-ways-to-support-the-black-lgbtq-community-in-times-of-uncertainty

“Why Black-ish Is Winning This Season” 
TheRoot, January 21, 2017
http://www.theroot.com/why-black-ish-is-winning-this-season-1791365224

“From The Pulpit to the People: Kim Burrell, Homosexuality and the Black Church” 
TheRoot, January 04, 2017
http://www.theroot.com/from-the-pulpit-to-the-people-kim-burrell-homosexuali-1791134130

“Embracing Whiteness Won’t Save You” 
TheRoot, December 18, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/embracing-whiteness-won-t-save-you-1790858166

“Black Superheroes Are Here to Save The Day” 
TheRoot, December 08, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/black-superheroes-are-here-to-save-the-day-1790858044

“Just Because You’re My Father Doesn’t Mean You’re My Parent” 
TheRoot, November 28, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/just-because-you-re-my-father-doesn-t-mean-you-re-my-pa-1790857905

“Why Hollywood’s Portrayal of Black Women is Problematic” 
TheRoot, November 24, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/why-hollywood-s-portrayal-of-black-women-is-problematic-1790857877

“On Black Men and Mental Health” 
TheRoot, November 22, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/on-black-men-and-mental-health-1790857845

“Insecure Highlights the Double Standard of Sexual Fluidity” 
TheRoot, November 16, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/insecure-highlights-the-double-standard-of-sexual-fluid-1790857749

“Sex, Lies and Murder: Why Oliver is the True Hero of HTGAWM” 
TheRoot, November 10, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/sex-lies-and-murder-why-oliver-is-the-true-hero-of-ht-1790857663

From Blackbird to Moonlight: Black Queer Men Are More Than Enough
TheRoot, November 05, 2016
http://www.theroot.com/from-blackbird-to-moonlight-black-queer-men-are-more-t-1790857577

“Working at the Intersections: Examining the First-Year Experiences of Queer Men of Color in Higher Education” 
Proquest, June 2015
http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/1709274128.html?FMT=ABS

PUBLICATIONS
Higgins, J.P. (2015). Meeting the needs of queer men of color in higher education: A review. Manuscript in
preparation.
Higgins, J. (2015). Working at the intersections: Examining the first-year experiences of queer men of color
in higher education. University of Redlands, 1-287.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), 2014-Present
Member, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, (NASPA), 2014-Present

PRESENTATIONS
Future Engagements
Higgins, J.P., Chinwé, I. (2017). “You are Not a Fraud: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a #SAPro”.
NASPA Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Higgins, J.P., Washington, J., Wall, V. (2017). “Unpacking the ‘Either-Or’, ‘Both-All’ Dilemma: Examining
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the Intersectional Experiences of Queer People of Color in Higher Education”. NASPA Annual
Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Higgins, J.P. (2017). “”. Keynote. California State University, San
Bernardino. San Bernardino, California.
Higgins, J.P. (2017). “Adding More Color to your Rainbow”. California State University, San Bernardino-
Palm Desert Campus. Palm Desert, California.
Consultations
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “L.G.B.T. Center & Safe Zone Project”. Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne

Oral Presentations                                                                                                                                                        

Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Diversity and Social Justice Training”. Colgate University. Hamilton, New York.                        

Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Navigating Respectability Politics as Black Social Justice Activist”. Presentation. BlaqOut Conference. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California.
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Remaining Visible in Higher Education. Presentation”. Emerging Scholars in Social
Justice Conference. California State University, Long Beach. Long Beach, California.
kemp delisser, k., Higgins, J.P. (2016). “LGB Students of Color and Cultural Capital”. NASPA Annual
Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Creating Safe Space for Students of Color”. NASPA Annual Conference. Indianapolis,
Indiana.
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Working at the Intersections: Working with Queer men of Color in the First Year of
Higher Education”. NASPA Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Adding a Bit More Color to Your Rainbow”. Keynote Address. Kansas State
University. Manhattan, Kansas.
Higgins, J.P. (2016). “Working at the Intersections of Identity”. Keynote Address. College of Wooster.
Wooster, Ohio.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “Second Annual Parent Engagement Conference”. Keynote Address. Palm Springs
School District. Palm Springs, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “Leading by Example: How to Make Difference Really Matter”. Presentation. Long
Beach City College. Long Beach, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “Meeting at the Intersections”. Presentation. California State University, San Marcos.
San Marcos, CA.
Higgins, J. (2015). Lavender Graduation. Keynote Address. California State University, San Bernardino. San
Bernardino, CA.

Panels
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “Political Education — the Intersection of Our Struggles”. Panelist. University of
California, Irvine. Irvine, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “LGBTQ Professionals”. Panelist. Western Regional Career in Student Affairs Day.
University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “Q-Summit”. Queer Person of Color Panelist. California State University, San
Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2015). “For My Faith Tells Me So”. Panelist. California State University, San Bernardino, San
Bernardino, CA.
Higgins, J.P. (2014). “First Generation Experiences”. Panelist. Educational Opportunity Program, California
State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Co-Chair, Lavender Graduation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2016
Co-Chair, Black Graduation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2015-2016
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Member, LGBTQ Climate Committee, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2015
Chair, Lavender Graduation, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, 2014-2015
Co-Director, “It’s On Us” Bystander Intervention, California State University, San Bernardino, San
Bernardino, CA, 2014-2015
Mentor, We Are Family LGBTQ Student Mentoring Program, California State University, San Bernardino, San
Bernardino, CA, 2013-2015
Co-Founder, LGBTQA Faculty, Staff and Student Association, CSU San Planning Committee, Black
Graduation, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, 2013-2015
Co-Advisor, Student African American Brotherhood, California State University, San Bernardino, San
Bernardino, CA, 2013-2015
Trainer, University Diversity Committee, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA,
2012-2015

VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Board Member, Inland Region Equality Network, San Bernardino, CA, 2016-Present
Intern, First Chance Y-Chow, San Bernardino, CA, 2008
Intern, Santos Manuel Student Union Pride Center, California State University, San Bernardino CA,
2007-2008
President, Gay-Straight Alliance, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA,
2006-2008