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COSSPP Student Spotlight: Taylor Darks

Published: June 9, 2022

Taylor Darks in her master’s graduation regalia.

Taylor Darks, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, won the Most Impactful Presentation in Humanities Award at the FSU Fellows Forum this past spring. 

The FSU Fellows Forum is an annual symposium organized by the Fellows Society aimed at bringing together scholars and professionals from a variety of viewpoints to address a problem of broad humanistic significance. 

Her research focuses on policies related to the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. Darks presented her master’s paper entitled, “The Most Livable City In America: Localized Reparations as a Method to Close the Black-White Wealth Gap in Evanston Illinois.”  

When asked what her most impactful experience at FSU was, Darks reflected on the connections she developed within her cohort and with faculty in the Department of Sociology, which have prepared her for life after graduation. 

“The mentorship and guidance I have received has helped me prepare for a future in whatever profession I choose,” Darks said. 

During her time at FSU, she gained multiple leadership experiences. Notably, she served as President of the Sociology Graduate Student Union this past year and received the organization’s Service Award for her dedication. 

Darks also sat on the sociology department’s graduate program committee in 2020-2021 and the department’s diversity and inclusion committee in 2019-2020 as a graduate student representative. She was also the Vice President of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society in 2020-2021. 

We wish her the best of luck as she completes her doctorate degree this year!