Founding Director | Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative
ordan Hankins is a Las Vegas native and former K-12 Clark County School District student. Jordan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Master of Arts degree in Urban Leadership and Public Policy and is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2013, Jordan co-founded the ‘Curly Locks Foundation,’ a non-profit organization geared towards promoting education, health and wellness to young, underserved girls of color in the Las Vegas community. After earning her Bachelor's degree, Jordan worked on several local and national democratic campaigns as an organizing director which propelled her interest in education policy. Jordan’s campaign experience allowed her the opportunity to work alongside Clark County School District teachers as political organizer with a local teachers union where she noticed an immediate need to support Black teachers. In 2022, Jordan launched the Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative with the purpose of reducing racial educational attainment gaps in Southern Nevada through the recruitment and retention of Black pre-service and in-service teachers. To improve the Southern Nevada Black Educators Iniaitive’s efforts to expand the Black teacher pipeline, Jordan designed the Amplifying Black Voices critical mentorship program. The mentorship program serves as a mechanism to increase retention and graduation rates amongst UNLV’s Black undergraduate education majors while promoting community, culture, and diversity. The mentorship program also serves to empower Black pre-service teachers to assume leadership positions in the education community. In 2022, Jordan co- authored, Reflections and Perspectives on Education from Southern Nevada’s Black Students, Teachers, and School Leaders. Jordan’s advocacy centers around her own experiences as a CCSD student who narrowly escaped the school-to-prison pipeline, as she is a strong advocate for educational equity and social justice.
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