Jordan S. West

Research Associate - Qualitative Specialist

Jordan S. West, pronouns she, her, and hers, is a Research Associate and Qualitative Specialist with Rankin & Associates Consulting, and has been working with the company since 2010.

Jordan is currently serving as the Inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion Education at The George Washington University in the Diversity and Inclusion division in the Office of the Provost. In this capacity, Jordan is responsible for creating and implementing educational opportunities across the institution that inform people and practices, in order to continue shifting the campus towards a more positive and just climate.

Jordan is a formally trained social justice educator and facilitator, and has been part of several national opportunities to facilitate and critically engage around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Prior to joining The George Washington University, Jordan was the Inaugural Senior Diversity & Inclusion Training Specialist at Princeton University where she created an 18-month Certificate Program called the Inclusion & Diversity Certificate Program (I&DCP) for cohorts of staff and faculty at the institution. Before joining Princeton, Jordan worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University and directed a dialogue program entitled Conversations About Race & Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.). Across multiple institutions of higher education, Jordan serves as a consultant to develop and facilitate pedagogy that engages students, faculty, and staff in meaningful, critical, and urgent conversations about identity, systems of power, privilege, and oppression, and taking action to disrupt inequitable structures.

Jordan is a doctoral candidate (fall 2018 defense) in Cultural Foundations of Education and received her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women and Gender Studies, both at Syracuse University. Jordan earned her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs – with an emphasis on social justice in higher education at The Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park. Jordan is actively involved with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), where she serves as the Immediate Past Chair for the Pan African Network (PAN) and the Assembly Coordinator for Coalitions + Networks for the Association’s Governing Board. Jordan’s experience and continued research interests focus on campus racial climate, narrative and storytelling as a method, and how People of Color work towards liberation while in higher education through the lens of Black Feminist Theory and Critical Race Theory.