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Resident Director

Joshua Johnson

Joshua is currently the Director of the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity and the Non-traditional Student Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prior to UCSB, Joshua served as an assistant director in housing at Northern Illinois University and as a resident director at Binghamton University. Joshua earned a doctorate in higher education from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in student affairs and diversity from Binghamton University, a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s of business from the University of South Alabama.
Joshua has published two book and numerous articles related to religion and sexuality, multiracial student support, and queer Asian Pacific Islanders as leaders in higher education. Joshua’s first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism was a recent #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com, and he recently published a co-edited volume about LGBTQ leaders in higher education titled Authentic Leadership: An Engaged Discussion of LGBTQ Work as Culturally Relevant. Joshua is a series editor with Information Age Publishing for Contemporary Perspectives on LGBTQ Advocacy in Societies. Joshua serves as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) co-chair for the MultiRacial Knowledge Community.
Joshua also is an instructor of Popular Culture and Identity and Communications at Brooks Institute of Art in Santa Barbara, California.