Jordan S. West, PhD (she, her, hers) is the Inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion at The George Washington University in the Office of the Provost. In this capacity, she is responsible for creating and implementing opportunities across the institution that inform people and practices, leading towards institutional change, in order to continue shifting the campus towards a more positive and just climate.
Dr. West is a formally trained social justice educator, and has been part of national opportunities to facilitate and critically engage around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Prior to joining GWU, Dr. West was the Inaugural Senior Diversity & Inclusion Training Specialist at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton, Dr. West worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University and directed the dialogue program Conversations About Race & Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.).
On a national level, Dr. West serves as a consultant to institutions of higher education to develop and facilitate pedagogy that engages people in meaningful, critical, and urgent conversations about identity, systems of power, privilege, and oppression, and our role in taking action to disrupt inequitable structures. Dr. West is a Research Associate and Qualitative Specialist with Rankin & Associates Consulting, where she works with institutions of higher education across the United States to conduct campus climate assessments, and has been with the company since 2010. Dr. West is actively involved with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), where she currently serves as the Assembly Coordinator for Coalitions + Networks for the Association’s Governing Board & Assembly.
Dr. West’s research interests focus on campus climate, narrative and storytelling as a method, and how People of Color and individuals from historically marginalized identities work towards liberation while in higher education through the lens of Black Feminist Theory and Critical Race Theory.... [more]