ESF Spirit and Essence 2021 Keynote Speaker: Dr. JonPaul Higgins
From Lizette Rivera on February 23rd, 2021
ESF Spirit and Essence 2021 Keynote Speaker: Dr. JonPaul Higgins (they/them)
Sponsored by: The Baobab Society, Black Student Union, Undergraduate Student Association, and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Dr. Higgins is a speaker, writer, and social justice educator who focuses on issues related to gender, race, and media. Named Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 LGBTQ Under 40” for 2020, they have written for numerous media outlets including Complex Magazine, Out Magazine, Them, Essence, The Root, Blavity, MTV News and more. They have also been featured on sites like NBC News, Buzzfeed, Vox, and Attn:. Raised in San Bernardino, CA, Dr. Higgins is committed to using their voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and LGBTQ communities at both a local and national level. As a graduate from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies and a graduate from the University of Redlands with both a Masters of Arts in Management and Doctorate in Educational Leadership, they aspire to be an example to those who seek to change the way we discuss the Black, queer experience.