Jordan Fields

Senior of the Year Finalist: Jordan Fields

Jordan visited the University of Pittsburgh as she was returning home from a trip with her parents during her sophomore year of high school. Both she and her mom felt that it was too early to be looking at college campuses, but her dad insisted they stop at Pitt. From the first moment Jordan saw the Pittsburgh campus, she loved it. During her undergraduate years at Pitt, Jordan advocated for women’s concerns and diversity and inclusion initiatives through various committees, was a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Honor Society, and competed as a varsity track and field athlete.
When reflecting on who she was when she came to Pitt her first semester, Jordan described herself as having one identity – an athlete. But she knew she was interested in joining a sorority, being involved in the arts, and activism. Remembering what she was truly passionate about drove her involvement in many committees and organizations.
Jordan’s involvement includes being appointed to the Panther Leadership Council, Student Government Board, and the Department of Athletic’s Pitt Script for Life Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee in fall 2019. In January 2020 Jordan represented the Athletic Department at the 6th Annual Black Student Athlete Summit in Austin, Texas where she presented on stereotype threat and over-efforting.
The Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc. is the largest African-American Greek-lettered organization. Jordan served as the chapter historian for the Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in her junior year and as the chapter president her senior year. The sorority focuses on improving political, education, and social and economic conditions within black communities. Recently, the Mu chapter won the Steel City Step Show back-to-back in 2019 and 2020. This annual event highlights stepping, a dance style rooted in Black History.
FieldsIn addition to these responsibilities, Jordan has volunteered with Gwen’s Girls and the Pittsburgh Women’s Law Project (WLP), both organizations that advocate on behalf of women and girls. Through WLP, Jordan mentored teen girls and aided them in developing an initiative to combat Title IX issues in their respective schools, which they presented to legislators in Harrisburg. When working with Gwen’s Girls, she dealt with racism and discrimination with young Black girls in the Pittsburgh area. Jordan sat on multiple panels and led workshops about the importance of girls persevering through adversity and to strive for excellence.
When reflecting on her time at Pitt, Jordan says that she learned “when you fail, you fail forward, and you forge ahead.” After some stumbling blocks in Jordan’s first semester, she realized that she needed to focus, develop better organizational habits, and stay true to her passions to impact Pitt and set a precedent for other students who want to be successful as a well-rounded student.
“I can do more than just be an athlete. I’m more than just one box. I don’t fit into one box. I can do more.”
Jordan is proud of the achievements she has made during her time at Pitt. She expressed her gratitude to her parents, coaches, and everyone she met along the way. “Being considered for the Senior of the Year award is one of the things I’m most proud of. At one point, none of it seemed possible. I’ve come a very, very, very long way and I’m proud of it.”
After graduation, Jordan will work as a policy coordinator in the Office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto working on issues of equity. Jordan has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and plans to begin classes in Fall 2021.