Danielle Aguilar: Hailing from Ontario, CA, Danielle is a proud queer Chicana with familial roots in Mexico City and Guadalajara. She serves as the assistant director in the office for multicultural learning at Santa Clara University. Danielle received an M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in feminist studies and minor in Black studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her tenure at UCSB, Danielle experienced heightened homophobia her first year and found refuge in the LGBTQ student resource center and women’s center. These student leadership experiences, and many others, prompted her career in student affairs and higher education. Danielle is passionate about working with historically disenfranchised students on college campuses, creating institutional change through narrative, and advocating for change utilizing Critical Race Theory and feminist theories.
Vivie Nguyen currently serves at the director for intercultural engagement at the University of Puget Sound. Previously, she held the roles of director of cultural resource centers & coordinator of LGBT services at DePauw University for a number of years. Vivie attended the University of California, Irvine where she received her B.A. in cognitive psychology with a minor in biological sciences, summa cum laude. She went on to obtain her M.A. in counseling psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional, and deeply personal, livelihood focused on well-being, support, success, and equity for marginalized and/or minoritized persons directly arose from colorful and transformational friendships with those she has been fortunate enough to be changed and inspired by.
Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is an educator, speaker, trainer, and consultant on topics ranging from diversity and social justice to higher education and professional development. Much of Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson’s work stems from his personal identity as a Christian, queer, multiracial Asian-American/Euro-American, man who grew up in Mississippi. He is currently the dean of student services, equity, and pathway programs at American River College. He previously served as the dean of student affairs at the American University of Malta; the assistant dean/director of the multicultural student center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison; and the director of the resource center for sexual & gender diversity/lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender services and the non-traditional student resource center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published three books; his first book, Beyond Surviving was a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com for gay & lesbian activism. Joshua’s second book is a co-edited volume about LGBTQ leaders in higher education, Authentic Leadership. Joshua’s newest book is Queer People of Color in Higher Education. 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.