Logan Phillips, a double-major in African and African-American Studies and Sociology, really dove into the discipline after enrolling in Inequality by Design: Understanding Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, a course taught by Prof. Hedy Lee. “At that time,” she explained, “I only had a SOC minor. But, after a number of discussions with peers and advisors - in addition to time spent reflecting on what I really wanted to pursue, I picked up the double major in Sociology,” furthering Logan’s interest in how education systems impact Black students’ health, well-being, and identities. “I feel that Sociology gave me many foundational skills and theories to analyze the dynamics of different systems, structures, and institutions that make up our society,” something she feels will benefit her post-graduate ambitions that she will pursue after WashU.
Phillips was a Dean James McLeod scholarship recipient, as well as a recipient of the Helen Davis Humanitarian Award. Logan completed an Honors Thesis with the Department of African and African-American Studies, which she successfully defended, receiving Honors with Distinction. Additionally, she was inducted as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, was selected as Gephardt Institute Civic Scholar, and was active in the Deneb STARs program. Moreover, Logan was very active in extracurricular life and community outreach - tutoring at City Faces and the Learning Lodge; serving as the Publicity Chair of the Black Senior Alliance; and being a member of the Association of Black Students, the Student Union’s Academic Equity Committee, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For her Sociology Capstone project, Logan interned with the National Black Child Development Institute, undertaking research about historical contexts of Black early childhood education to inform policy suggestions that address contemporary contexts of this issue.