NBJC also plans to launch a series of campaigns designed to equip members of the Black community, the media and elected officials with the language needed to thoughtfully discuss opportunities to support Black LGBTQ people in diverse ways.
Johns' work at NBJC will build on his previous role as the first executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under former President Barack Obama.
In addition to his role as executive director at NBJC, Johns is pursuing a doctoral degree focused on sociology and education policy from Columbia University, where he previously received bachelor's and master's degrees.
Several years ago, NBJC created the LGBTQ-Equality Advisory Council to develop a strategic model for what HBCUs could do to ensure a welcoming, nurturing environment for the LGBTQ community.
Last August, NBJC kicked off its HBCU tour, conducting trainings during new student orientations at several institutions, including Morehouse College in Atlanta.
As of June 1, NBJC has a full-time program manager for its HBCU Initiative to lead the outreach efforts to HBCU campuses.
Representatives from the division of student affairs and students have attended HRC and NBJC leadership summits for HBCUs at which they engage in dialogue with other institutional leaders.