Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson


Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and educator focused on creating a society that values, supports, and loves people from all diverse identities.


Speaking Engagements

Dr. Moon-Johnson (he/they) is a best-selling author and award-winning speaker who regularly serves as a keynote speaker, leads workshops, trainings, and presentations on diversity and inclusion, addressing LGBTQ+ Inclusion, bias, social justice education, and employee training on diversity, inclusion and equity.  He has presented and been a keynote at companies, institutions and conferences around the country, including the Association of California Community College Administrators Annual Conference, California Community College Chief Instructional Officers Conference, UM-R ACUHO-I Conference, Hate and Bias Symposium, Wisconsin CPA Conference, Premier Talent Partners, Digital Trends Media Group, CUNA Mutual Group, Rider University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Pitzer College, Cal Poly Pomona, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whittier College, Sierra College, College of Marin, Modesto Junior College, City College of San Francisco, Woodland Community College, Cabrillo College, Passaic County Community College, College of the Siskiyous, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, Evergreen Valley College, and others.

More About Joshua

Much of Joshua’s work stems from his personal identity as a Christian, queer, fem, gender non-conforming, multiracial Asian-American/Euro-American, man who grew up in Mississippi. He is currently the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA.  Prior to this role he served as the Vice President of Student Services at the College of San Mateo and as the Dean of Equity Programs & Title IX Coordinator at American River College in Sacramento, California. Prior to his roles in the California Community College System, Joshua served in diverse roles including the Assistant Dean/Director of the Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of the LGBTQ Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joshua has also held roles at Northern Illinois University, Binghamton University, University of Alabama, Semester at Sea, and the American University of Malta. 

Joshua began to pay attention to identity as he was being home-schooled by his Pentecostal minister parents, and he began to realize there were conflicts with his religious, spiritual, sexual, and gender identity; moreover, this long-lasting struggle affected all aspects of his life. Joshua’s understanding of identity and conflict has led him to a career educating on topics of social justice and has led to becoming a best-selling author with his first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism. Joshua’s newest book, Queer & Trans Advocacy in the Community College, is out now. 

Joshua was also a faculty member with Concordia University-Portland’s Ed.D. program, UW-Madison, Semester at Sea, and Brooks Institute of Art. He previously hosted a weekly public affairs radio talk show on 91.9 FM, KCSB Santa Barbara called Check Ya’Self, which critically examined media and popular culture through a social justice lens.

Joshua received a doctorate in higher education and a certificate in LGBT studies from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in social sciences, student affairs, and diversity from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Joshua also has a master’s degree in marketing from The University of Alabama as well as a bachelor’s in business from the University of South Alabama.

Joshua served as the Vice President of the Board for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, and he is a board member and equity team lead for the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).

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