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The Pivotal Point of change; A can food that caused it all

Updated: May 19


Dr. Hossna was struggling to open a can of food and decided that she did not want that for her life anymore. She wanted choices in what she ate and how she fed her family. This conversation discusses overcoming the adversity of discrimination and pursing goals despite challenges. Dr. Hossna had to overcome discrimination, expectations on her and paving the path of unresearched women to reach her career goals.


Dr. Hossna Sadat obtained her dual bachelor's degree in history of the near east and political science from the University of California, San Diego and a master's degree in education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling and social justice from San Diego State University. She has her doctorate in educational leadership: Concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University. Her dissertation title is Unveiling the Phenomenology of Afghan Women in Community College. Her study unveils the voices and lived experiences of Afghan women diaspora, leaving a war-torn country to experiencing community college in the United States. Dr. Sadat is also a post-graduate researcher and continues to research the inequities of communities of color and the intersectionality of women.


She currently works as a Counselor & Assistant Professor at Palomar College. She is also a part-time faculty member at National University, Sanford School of Education where she teaches master's degree level students in counseling.She has worked in the education sector since 2002 serving in multiple roles within student services and instructional services. She has been teaching since 2009 and has taught counseling, psychology, and sociology. At age 24 she became the youngest dean in the state of California and served as an Interim Associate Dean and Acting Dean for School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies at San Diego Mesa College.


Dr. Sadat received the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award at South Thames College in England, where she worked as a lecturer for 5 years. Recently she was awarded the George Boggs Award for Exemplary Research and Practice for her dissertation at San Diego State University. Also, she received the equity champion award for Palomar College at the community college leadership recognition event this year.


Dr. Sadat continues to be a social justice and human rights activist. She continues to research and campaign on topics such as racial equity and empowering women. This year she plans on presenting topics such as racial microaggressions in academia and the importance of understanding critical race theory when scaling racial equity in educational settings.

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