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Jordan S. West

Jordan S. WestPh.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education

Hometown: Plainfield, NJ

Education: B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland College Park
M.Ed. Education - College Student Affairs, Pennsylvania State University

What are your research interests? Why?
I am interested in studying race and intersectionality of race and other identities within Higher Education. My research focuses on critical pedagogical approaches that promote a social justice education for students. My research looks at intergroup dialogue and other dialogical approaches to fostering a social justice education in Higher Education. With a constant lens on race and racial dynamics in the academy, my research continues to examine the experiences of People of Color, more specifically Black and Multiracial and Biracial (with one racial identity being Black) in Higher Education.

Why did you choose Syracuse University?
In my doctoral program search process, I was very intentional about finding a program with a very intentional curriculum that focused on social justice issues within Education. SU's program, Cultural Foundations of Education, is a program that allows students to create a curriculum that meets their interests within Education and provides courses that challenge students. My interests all focus around race and intersectionality of identities within Education and CFE courses completely meet these interests in the coursework and the research interests of the faculty align directly as well.

What other professional, TA, GA, or community activities are you involved in?
I am the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where I coordinate a six-week dialogue program called Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.).
I am the House Director for Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
I am on the Senior Vice President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
I am on the workgroup for Participatory Educational Experience under the Chancellor.
I am the Social Chair for the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA).
I am heavily involved in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), where I sit on the PAN African Network Directorate, the Committee for Multicultural Affairs, and the workgroup for the Director of Equity and Inclusion.
I am a Research Associate for Rankin & Associates Consulting.