Sahar Haghighat is a doctoral candidate in Public and Applied Sociology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Sahar served as the 2015-2016 graduate research fellow at NCSPP and continues to advise and contribute to the Find Your Way project as it expands to other regions.
Sahar’s current research explores women’s participation in the 2009 Iranian Green Movement, closely examining how this participation shaped the gendered aesthetics and transitional frames of the movement.
Sahar specializes in participatory, qualitative, and feminist approaches to social science research. She practices public sociology, which necessitates close engagement with the communities she studies. Her interest in student parents originated from her experiences working with them as a community college instructor. This professional concern became personal in 2015, when she became a mother herself as a graduate student parent.
In her graduate fellowship, Sahar conducted research to review and comprehensively identify student parent programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region as overseen by the jurisdiction of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. As part of this process she also created training materials to replicate this process with future research teams in other regions, and lead a teach-in at the University of California at Berkeley.
Sahar’s expertise on social movements has also translated to her work on student parent success, which directly lead to NCSPP and NASPA’s Student Parent Ally Training & Recognition Program, and the Hands on Hats Campaignfor student parent awareness.
Sahar has also served on the Student Parent Support Symposium planning committee for the past two years.