“The most challenging aspect of the IFP in South Africa was the rigorous hours spent working on installing a new workshop for Equal Education. It felt like we worked from sunrise to long after the sun set. But I would also say that is the most rewarding part, because in the end I am immensely proud of the work we did there and the goals we accomplished.” – Jordan Clark
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What brought you to New York/The New School?
My name is Jordan Clark, I am from Cambridge, MA. I went to undergraduate at Temple University in Philadelphia and studied African-American Studies, Religion and Political Science. Growing up my parents always emphasized the importance of critical thinking and education, I use those tenets to guide my action, always wanting to learn more and questioning things that don’t seem equitable. I decided to apply to The New School because I was looking for a change in my life. I was going to live in Cambodia, I bought a 1 way ticket, and wasn’t sure when I was going to come back. But a good friend told me about the GPIA program so I looked into it before I left and liked it so much I applied. I heard I got in after living in Cambodia for 6 months and decided to come home and try my hand at a master’s degree.
Tell us about your dream job.
My dream job would be working with youth, empowering them to become active citizens of change within their communities. Learning how to articulate their ideas, organize, and fight for issues that directly affect them. I would love to travel the world facilitating workshops around this topic and create globally conscious youth around the world.
So you went on the South Africa IFP last summer. What was the most challenging part? The most rewarding part?
The most challenging aspect of the IFP in South Africa was the rigorous hours spent working on installing a new workshop for Equal Education. It felt like we worked from sunrise to long after the sun set. But I would also say that is the most rewarding part, because in the end I am immensely proud of the work we did there and the goals we accomplished. I was lucky to work with great peers, who had the amazing drive and commitment. It made the experience worthwhile.
Tell us a good story. It could be from your IFP, or just from your time in New York. Everyone loves a good story.
I was very worried about teaching youth in Cape Town documentary film skills, I wondered if they could work as a team independently from us. Learning how to use the cameras, all the lingo, and cooperation it takes to film a movie seemed like a daunting task. The day we taught them how to shoot interviews brought out the most anxiety for me. I was worried they would be overwhelmed with all the direction and responsibility. But after a few round of interviews, with us guiding them, they began to push us out of the way and take control. I got to sit back and watch a PROFESSIONAL film crew guide themselves through interviews. It was the moment I realized our project could be a success and all the work we were putting into it was worth it. It was an amazing moment for my co-workers and me.
On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you that the election season is over? 1 being devastated, 10 being ecstatic.
10! I hate elections, our government system is the worst form of fake democracy possible. The sheer fact you have to give $10,000 just to be recognized as a candidate ensures that the people will never be truly represented by their government, the status quo is maintained through government.