Since his first year at Vanderbilt, Jordan Clark has worked with the immigrant communities of Nashville in a variety of roles including serving as a volunteer interpreter, tutoring and mentoring underserved students, and helping facilitate an adult English as a Second Language (ESL) course with a local charter school. Over the last two years, his passion for culture and learning has taken him to parts of Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and most recently Kampala, Uganda, where he completed his first summer project aimed at expanding rainwater harvesting (RWH) technology as a solution to the region’s water scarcity.
During his Sophomore year, Jordan poured most of his service into educational projects, helping pioneer an after-school program through a student organization called Vanderbilt Interaxon by connecting it to STEM Preparatory Academy, a charter school located in South Nashville. The program, called the Brainiax Club, introduces young scholars to the sciences of the mind and brain through interactive presentations and activities. He also taught two semesters of English at STEM Prep to help parents improve their language skills.
In addition to his interest in education, through his own studies, Jordan has invested a great deal of time learning about sustainability, technology and public policy. During his time at Vanderbilt, he has strongly advocated for transportation reform in Middle Tennessee through written policy briefs, Op-Ed’s and independent research on transit justice in Nashville. This last summer, Jordan had the incredible opportunity to actively participate in a sustainable water project with an organization called Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) based in Kampala, Uganda. There, he partnered with fellow Ingram scholar Kevin Wolf to evaluate, improve and promote local rainwater harvesting (RWH) technologies.
In the coming year, Jordan hopes to build on these experiences to deepen his understanding of the issues that he is passionate about. Jordan’s primary goal is to integrate his interests in language, education, immigration and sustainability in order to elevate his impact as a servant-leader. One way he plans to accomplish this is to find effective ways of utilizing online tools to enhance English language learning. Another way is to involve himself more in conversations of policy like student government. All in all, the Ingram Scholarship Program has played and continues to play an enormous role in Jordan’s development as a servant, a citizen and a scholar.