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Joshua Moon-Johnson

Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson serves as the Dean of Student Services, Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College in Sacramento. He has published three books; his first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism was a #1 Best-seller on 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 previously served as the Assistant Dean/Director of the Multicultural Student Center at UW-Madison and as the Director of the LGBT Center at the University of California Santa Barbara. Joshua received a doctorate in higher education and LGBT studies from Northern Illinois University, and a master's degree in student affairs from Binghamton University. Joshua also has a master’s degree in Marketing Analysis from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in business from the University of South Alabama.


Joshua has served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Semester at Sea/University of Virginia, Concordia University-Portland, and Binghamton University-State University of New York. Joshua is a former chair of the NASPA (Student Affairs in Higher Education) MultiRacial Knowledge Community and held several positions with the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community. Joshua has presented more than 35 national presentations and regularly serves as a trainer, consultant, and keynote speaker at campuses and conferences across the country. Visit to learn more.


Emily Prieto

Dr. Emily Prieto serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the President at Samuel Merritt University. She has extensive experience in higher education, formerly serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UC Davis, the director of the Latino Resource Center at Northern Illinois University, and in adjunct faculty roles teaching courses on US-Mexico Border Relations and Multicultural Education.


She has dedicated her professional career to creating a more inclusive environment for first-generation, immigrant, and underrepresented school youth; she also served as the executive director of the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis. During her time at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Prieto served on the Board of Directors for Instituto del Progreso Latino. As a leader at IDPL she helped pioneer education pathways tasked with providing a comprehensive set of services for low-wage and low-skilled workers. 


Dr. Prieto earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Rhetoric from the University of California, Davis in 2002, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from UC Davis. She is also a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy and has received two Fulbright Specialist grants administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to work with educators in Nigeria and Japan on teaching and research strategies.