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Black Student Success Initiative



Sade Johnson

Sade Johnson, Interim Director

In this new position, Sade is excited to serve as a support to centralize efforts in helping Black students thrive at Fresno State. Sade’s goal is to create an affirming space on campus for Black students and strengthen campus and community connections in order to recruit, retain and graduate Black students.

Sade was born and raised by her parents in Madera, California. She has ten siblings and a host of nieces, nephews and family members. Sade is a wife and mother of two children. She received her BA in African American studies with a minor in mathematics from the University of California, Davis; and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) at Fresno State. She has received numerous honors, including: DOSAEM Dean's Medalist, Outstanding Thesis for "An Autoethnography: A Black Woman Student Transitioning to Black Married Mamahood While in Higher Education," "Outstanding Graduate Student" for California College Personnel Association, and “HEAL Graduate Student Honoree” for recognition at the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

Sade said, “I identify as a first-generation, low-income, system-impacted Black student…I am determined to see more Black students graduate along with their peers and use their top-quality education to transform the world.”