Dr. General C. Johnson, Director, Portland Community College (PCC) Cascade TRIO Student Support Services As a Social Justice practitioner, General C. Johnson has spent his career at PCC developing, growing, and evaluating programmatic efforts, for students from marginalized and minoritized groups through mentorship, advocacy, and leadership development. General’s work and life center around the internal transformation of all beings. His work is rooted in holistic and non-deficit models of students’ success and development. He is committed to advancing the access, inclusion, and achievement of all students, which reflects in his work at PCC.
He has served as Coordinator of the NIH Funded Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, Founding Advisor to the AAMSP (African American Men’s Scholars Program), Assistant Coordinator of the PCC Cascade Multicultural Center, and is the current Director of the PCC Cascade TRIO Student Support Services Program, which historically makes use of high impact and best practices that align greatly with Guided Pathways which greatly enhances equitable student success. He is also a Faculty member in the Health Studies, Biology, Career/Guidance and Education Departments at PCC and OHSU/PSU School of Public Health.
He currently serves as Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA) Board Secretary, National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) Parliamentarian, and Portland Council on Black American Affairs (PCBAA) Treasurer. Further, he participates on committees whose work guide and advise policy on equity, diversity, and inclusion at the college and played a vital role in the inception, development, and implementation of the nationally recognized ‘Whiteness History Month’ as one of the Co-Founders. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the PCC Men of Color Center of Excellence in Education.
General currently serves on the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission Leadership Council on Equity, Board of Directors of the National Council on Black American Affairs, and Board of Directors of the Oregon TRIO Association. He earned his B.S. Degree from Central State University, his N.D. from the National University of Natural Medicine, and has nearly completed all of his course work for his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University. His research is rooted in Participatory Action-Oriented Research Methodology with an emphasis on Curriculum/Program Development/Evaluation and Public Policy Leadership.