Speaking Engagements

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Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson regularly leads workshops, trainings, and presentations on diversity and inclusion, creating hate crime response plans, social justice education, staff training on diversity, career planning, faculty development.  Dr. Johnson has presented and led workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics such as social justice education, media and marginality, queer people of color, multiracial student identity, intersections of religion and sexuality, and facilitating dialogues on diversity.

Dr. Johnson has recently spoken as a featured speaker at the Upper Midwest Region Association of College & University Housing Officers Conference, Northwestern University, DePaul University, California Pol Pomona, University of West Georgia, DePauw University, Northern Illinois University, the University of South Alabama, Binghamton University-SUNY Resident Assistant Training, Whittier College, and others.

Some of his resent conference presentations include:

  • “The Birds and the Bees of Belonging: Building Communities Where ALL Belong.” Northwestern University, April 2016.
  • “Mixed, multiracial and biracial: Finding belonging in campus communities.” Cal Poly Pomona, May 2015.
  • “Taboo topics: Religion and Spirituality on campus.” Cal Poly Pomona, May 2015.
  • “Planning for Success: Effectively Serving Students with Multiple Identities.” NASPA Multicultural Institute, Las Vegas, December 2013.
  • “LGBTQ Professionals on the Job Search.” NASPA Multicultural Institute, Las Vegas, December 2013.
  • Featured faculty: “Hate Crimes: Establishing Policies and Procedures for Prevention and Response.” Academic Impressions Mental Health and Campus Risk Assessment Conference. Milwaukee, WI. June 2013.
  • “Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism.” National Association of Student Personnel Annual Conference (NASPA). Orlando, FL. March 2013.
  • “Multiracial Professionals on the Job Market.” National Association of Student Personnel Annual Conference (NASPA). Orlando, FL. March 2013.
  • “Practical Tools for Advising Multiracial Student Organizations.” National Association of Student Personnel Annual Conference (NASPA). Orlando, FL. March 2013.
  • Invited Speaker: “Beyond surviving: Students overcoming spiritual and sexual conflict.” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. February 2013.
  • Invited Speaker: “Beyond surviving: Students overcoming spiritual and sexual conflict.” DePauw University, Greencasthel, IN. February 2013.
  • Invited Speaker: “Beyond surviving: Students overcoming spiritual and sexual conflict.” University Queer Conference. Riverside, CA. February 2013.
  • Invited Speaker: “Understanding and respecting LGBTQ Identity.” University of West Georgia. Carollton, GA. January, 2013.
  • “Responding to hate crimes: A campus preparedness plan.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Regional Conference. Waikaloa, HI. November, 2012.
  • Keynote address at the University of California Diversity Educators’ Symposium, “Racism in the Queer Community.” University of California, Irvine. October 2012.
  • “Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice, student leadership training.” Whittier College. September 2012.
  • “Creating Safe Spaces: LGBTQ introductions.” New Roads High School Santa Monica, CA. September 2012.
  • “Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces.” Brooks Institute of Art Faculty Development Workshop. July 2012.
  • “Making them visible: Microaggression and multiracial students.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference. Phoenix, AZ. March, 2012.”
  • “Identity boundaries of Christian college students in same-sex relationships: Examining race, religion, and sexuality.” Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Institute of Comparative Culture.December, 2011.
  • “Asian Americans, religions and sexuality: Balancing identity in conflict.” Queer Pin@y Conference Annual Conference. Santa Barbara, CA. November 2011.
  • “Diversity and recruitment in study abroad: LGBTQ students going abroad.” University of California Education Abroad Program Annual Conference. Santa Barbara, CA. June 2011.
  • “Beyond the basics: A continuing dialogue on multiracial students. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. March, 2011.
  • “Intersections of race, religion, and sexuality in the lives of college students.” Queer People of Color Conference. San Diego State University. May 2010.
  • “Media’s marginality: TV’s effects on LGBT student perception.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2010.
  • “Dialogue on Diversity: Race and conflict program initiative.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators IV East Conference. Lombard, IL. November 2009.
  • “Balancing conflict of identity intersection: Students making sense with sexuality and spirituality.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. March 2009.

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Book Reviews

Johnson’s unique approach to examining the areas of Christianity and same-sex relationships fills an important gap, these two areas rarely converge in research.  He broadens the discussion by bringing together discourse on queer identity, mental health, spirituality, physical and emotional abuse.  The narratives alone constitute a powerful testimony of survival and dynamism in our social system.  Beyond Surviving is beautifully written.
Emily Prieto, Ph.D., Director, Latino Resource Center, Northern Illinois University
Johnson’s new book portrays the struggles of students in same-sex relationships in a powerful and moving way through personal stories–exploring students’ internal and external conflicts, vulnerability, pain, self-realization, hope, and, yes, triumph. Educators will better understand the multiple dynamics at play in the conflict between religious and sexual identity as well as the resources necessary to support students. Everyone who reads Beyond Surviving will be inspired to push for their communities to be more welcoming and inclusive for all.
Michael D. Young, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California, Santa Barbara
This book is filled with stories of healing and reconciliation.  As I reflect on my own journey, it is good to see that everyday we are becoming increasingly aware of the need to heal and reconcile our sexuality and faith at a very young age. May we all embrace continual healing as we read this incredible work.
Rev. Samuel R. Offer, Unity Fellowship Church, Baltimore Vice President, Washington Consulting Group
For people raised in Christian or other religious traditions who find themselves distancing themselves from this identity as they begin coming out and cultivating intimate relationships, this book provides unique testaments to the struggle and triumph of LGBTQ Christians on our campuses. Beyond Surviving provides hope that we as an LGBTQ community can heal and embrace religion and spirituality as an important aspect of holistic well-being.
Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBT Campus Resource Center, UCLA