Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Biology • Columbia University
Jordan Williams graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology in 2017. Jordan was born and raised in Jamaica which contributes largely to her interest in the environment, particularly marine science. This passion led her to spend a summer at the Australian Institute of Marine Science to conduct research on enhancing the thermal tolerance of coral for her senior thesis project. Growing up on a small, developing island also sparked her interest in sustainability. Jordan is interested in many different fields including: sustainable agriculture, fashion and corporate social responsibility.
Following her many areas of interest, Jordan has had experience working in quite a few vastly different fields. During university, she volunteered at the marine sanctuaries in Montego Bay and Oracabessa, Jamaica where she helped with various data collection projects, was a summer camp counsellor and assisted with monitoring and releasing turtle nests. While in New York City she interned for local fashion designer, Wes Gordon, in the sales department, and at the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center as an administrative intern.
After graduating from university, Jordan stayed close to her new New York home by working in the Ruth DeFries’ Lab at Columbia University. Here she worked as a geospatial analyst on a research project about forest degradation and land use in India. She also spent some of her free time volunteering as a writing tutor to adult students in the Harlem Clemente Course in the Humanities program.
A year later, she returned to Jamaica to work for the Sandals Foundation as a project manager for the “Whitehouse and Bluefields Solid Waste Reduction Project” which is their UN Environment funded project to introduce waste separation into two rural communities of Jamaica. This experience working in rural communities of her home country and her volunteer work has fueled her interest in community development and expanded her interests beyond just environmental sustainability to also include social responsibility, development, and sustainability.
In her free time, Jordan enjoys horseback riding, practising pilates, traveling, and going to restaurants and trying new foods.
Jordan's MScSM Internship: Longo's
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