By Taylor Reeves

CLEMSON — Clemson University senior political science major Dominique Jordan recently participated in the 2011 Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. The Columbia native was one of only 34 students selected from an elite pool of more than 500 applicants to take part in the program.

Spanning seven weeks from June to July, the Junior Summer Institute provides an opportunity for students to prepare themselves for graduate study or professional careers in international policy. Participants enroll in multiple classes that range in subject area from statistics and economics to public policy and international culture. Students also engage in extracurricular opportunities and excursions, such as a trip to Washington, D.C. Jordan studied under and was able to meet a distinguished group of scholars that included former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland James Gadsden and acclaimed author Wes Moore.

At Clemson, Jordan has devoted herself to student organizations that enhance the community. She has served as chaplain and programming director of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and has taken part in honor societies Blue Key and Omicron Delta Kappa. Jordan also played an instrumental role in the creation of Clemson University’s Black Student Union to enhance unity and positive interactions on Clemson’s campus and in the community.

After graduating, Jordan hopes to pursue multiple avenues through which she can continue her goal of forging change through public policy. She plans to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Dominican Republic and is applying to prestigious graduate programs in public policy, such as Princeton’s.

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