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

Access to higher education; campus diversity; critical race theory; critical race praxis; gendered and racialized experiences of Black students; higher education policy; intersectionality; qualitative methods; racial campus climate; racialized inequalities in education; white fragility

Research Center

USC Race & Equity Center

Sarah Toutant

Sarah Toutant graduated from the University of San Francisco (USF) with Bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and Critical Diversity Studies. At USF she served as the President of the Black Student Union, Arts Intern for USF's Intercultural Center, and an Intern for the Office of Admissions.

After her time at USF, she continued her studies at the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated in May of 2018 with a Master's of Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs. At USC, she served as the Graduate Assistant for USC’s Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs; Director of Diversity and Equity for the Graduate Student Government; Graduate Intern for the Center for Education Identity and Social Justice; President of the Black Graduate Student Network; and Research Assistant for the Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology.

Currently, she is a PhD student of Urban Education Policy working with Dr. Shaun Harper and serves as a research associate in the USC Race and Equity Center. As a Ph.D. student, her research focuses on how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives through White fragility, the eperiences of Black women in PhD programs, and racial campus climate for Black students.


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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