Cecelia Jordan

Educational Leadership & Policy

M.A. in Transformative School Leadership, University of San Francisco, 2019
B.A. in Latin American Studies & Spanish, Rhodes College, 2010

Email: jordanca4@utexas.edu
Cecelia Jordan is a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin. With over a decade of experience integrating culturally sustaining pedagogy and restorative justice practices with students of all ages, Jordan merges circle, song, writing, and oral storytelling to create transformative experiences amongst Black and Indigenous organizers and leaders of color who are on the frontlines of today’s fights for justice. Jordan's work as a researcher, which is deeply rooted in community, is also influenced by her experiences as a Black queer woman and the injustices she witnessed as an educator and restorative justice practitioner. Her work focuses on the intersections of anti-Blackness and racial capitalism and seeks to uncover the impact of performative policy reform that dilute community demands for justice into mandates and inducements that fail to create sustainable change. She hopes to explore the possibility of re-imagined policy frameworks that center the voices of those most pushed to the margins of society by generations of systemic inequity.

Before joining UT, Jordan was a member of the California Statewide Discipline Study, a team composed of graduate researchers and professors from USF, UCLA, UC Berkeley & UC Davis. Their research analyzes California’s efforts to move away from punitive practices and serves as the largest qualitative study of school discipline data in the state. Jordan earned her Master’s in Transformative School Leadership from University of San Francisco.