“I am most proud of my work with undergraduate student leaders at the University of Michigan, advocating for and advising them in their work to create a more just, healthy, and equitable community on campus.”
Jordan Stevens is driven to advocate for and support young people who are trying to create change in their communities. Raised in a highly conservative community, their own journey of coming out as queer in college and becoming involved in social justice activism sparked a life-long interest in supporting young leaders working to create a better world for all of us.
Since then, Jordan has continually pushed for the inclusion of social justice values at their institutions. At the National Park Service, Jordan created a queer working group to write the interpretation material for the Stonewall National Monument. In their position at Communities in the Schools, Jordan created an affinity group for employees with ADHD so they could better form the community and advocate for themselves.
Jordan is now earning their master’s degree in higher education with a diversity and social justice concentration. During their program, they completed the DEI certificate program, and attended classes on community change and conflict at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University. Jordan says, “I am most proud of my work with undergraduate student leaders at the University of Michigan, advocating for and advising them in their work to create a more just, healthy, and equitable community on campus.”
Following their graduation, Jordan intends to pursue restorative justice work at a higher education institution. Recognized as a “thoughtful and creative leader,” their guiding goal is to join a growing movement of student affairs professionals centering restorative practices in student conduct.
CEW+ celebrates Jordan’s leadership and activism and names them a Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar.