Sarah Toutant
Sarah  Toutant

Sarah Toutant

Cohort: 2018

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of San Francisco ('16)
BA: Sociology
BA: Critical Diversity Studies

University of Southern California ('18)
M.Ed.: Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Black feminist thought; critical race theory; critical race praxis; gendered and racialized experiences of Black women students; higher education policy; intersectionality; nightclub culture; qualitative methods; racial campus climate; racialized inequalities in education

Research Center

USC Race & Equity Center

Sarah Toutant

Sarah Toutant graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor’s degrees in Critical Diversity Studies and Sociology from the University of San Francisco. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Master's of Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs.

As a master’s student, she was the Graduate Assistant for USC's Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, Director of Diversity & Equity for the Graduate Student Government, Graduate Intern for the Center for Education Identity and Social Justice, the Black Graduate Student Network President, and research assistant in the Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology. 

Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at USC Rossier earning her doctoral degree in Urban Education Policy with a Higher Education concentration working with Dr. Shaun Harper. She is also a research associate at USC’s Race and Equity Center. Sarah’s research critically examines how Black women in college and universities experience their external environments. Specifically, her research investigates the racialized and gendered ways Los Angeles nightclub culture bars access to Black women based on their race, gender, body, and hairstyles.


Professional Experience:

  • USC Race and Equity Center Research Associate, University of Southern California
  • Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs Graduate Assistant, University of Southern California
  • Center for Education Identity & Social Justice Graduate Intern, University of Southern California
  • Graduate Student Government Director of Diversity and Equity, University of Southern California 
  • Rossier School of Education, Ph.D. Office Graduate Assistant, University of Southern California       
  • Intercultural Center Diversity Education Intern, University of San Francisco
  • Admissions Office Intern for the Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of San Francisco

Honors and Awards:

  • The Order of Arête, nominated by faculty and Staff, USC
  • Exemplar Award, Black Student Association, USC
  • Trojan Excellence Award, Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs, USC
  • Outstanding First Year Student, Rossier School of Education
  • Research Paper Prize, Critical Diversity Studies Department, USF
  • Research Paper Prize, African American Studies Department, USF
  • Esther Madriz Prize for Social Justice, Sociology Department, USF
  • Father Paul John P. Schlegel, S.J. Award, President’s Office, USF
  • Mentor of the Year, Center for Academic and Student Achievement, USF

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