Jonathan Higgins


Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator, and thought leader.

With over ten years experience in higher education, social justice,and grassroots 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. His work has been included on Blavity, The Root, Efniks, Wear Your Voice, and Talkspace. Dr. Higgins serves as Campus Pride’s Curriculum Educator, is a Lambda Literary writing fellow, and a regular contributor to SOULE.  

Dr. Higgins is committed to using his voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and the LGBT community. In September 2016, Dr. Higgins launched a YouTube channel where he posts weekly videos about race and identity issues, and began sharing pieces of his 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 universities including Kansas State, Colgate University, UCSD, and UCLA. He has consulted with Purdue University to restructure their Safe Zone program and has given several presentations within the California State University system about what can be done to better serve LGBTQ+ students. Dr. Higgins continues to lecture all over the country on topics related to intersectionality, race, gender, and sexuality, and has gained attention on websites including Attn: and Vox. In April 2017, Dr. Higgins gave his first TEDx talk on how to unlearn fear and develop personal power, leading to an op-ed piece on

Dr. Higgins was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands, where he graduated in the top three of 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.

Every campus has people with marginalized identities.  Dr. Jonathan Higgins’ personal story of how he continues to overcome marginalization is a lesson for all us when reflecting on our own stories and working with community members who hold marginalized identities. Join Dr. Jonathan Higgins at #ACPA18 where his plenary and several education sessions help refocus our work on racial justice, healing, and ensuring we are doing all we can to create inclusive and equitable spaces.