Erica Jordan

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Major: Politics and International Affairs. Minors: American Ethnic Studies; Schools, Education and Society

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “The Master’s tools will never dismantle the Master’s house.” – Audre Lorde

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Lyndon B. Johnson, and George H.W. Bush

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: One of my earliest memories with Wake the Vote was also one of the most formative experiences I had in the class. Working on the Marco Rubio campaign in Iowa gave me my first real experience with the realities of bipartisanship in this splintered electorate. It was definitely a challenge for me to work with someone who is on the opposite end of the political spectrum from my own ideology but it was definitely worth it to learn more intimately about the workings of a campaign.

Blog Posts

Sexism in the Age of the (potential) First Woman President

These campaigns have left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I’m excited at the possibility of having the first woman serve as President of the United States, but because we’re still living in a culture that’s saturated by sexism, how much of a victory will it really be?

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The End of a CAP-tivating Summer :(

  Days in the sun And nights in the rain Summer is over; Simple and Plain -Summers Over Interlude, Drake  As much as it pains me to write this, my summer interning at the Center for American Progress has come to a bittersweet end. It’s undeniably been a summer full of...

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Why it’s definitely time to #TeachStrong

Over the course of my summer working at CAP, I’ve been exposed to so many issues in education policy that before I never would have even thought to investigate. Education in this country is a perennial issue; it’s a cornerstone of society that is constantly under...

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DNC 2016: A look towards the Future

If in 15 years people are still reading blog posts from Wake the Vote, I hope they come back to revisit this one. That may sound vain, but really I only desire that because I want the predictions I make in this column to come true. After spending a week at the...

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Calling all Democrats: Can y’all unite please??

I was fortunate enough to attend the democratic convention on Monday and Thursday of last week. Being inside the arena on both the first and last day of the festivities gave me an interesting perspective on the state of the Democratic party. On Monday, it was evident...

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#BlackGirlMagic at the DNC

This is not a blog. This is a love letter that I almost could not bring myself to write. This is an outpouring of emotion that I can still barely wrap my head around. What words could I possibly pluck from my limited knowledge of the English language to describe the...

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Wait…Black Trump Supporters are Real??

Admitting when I’m wrong is something I do rarely and with a great deal of reluctance. So admitting I’m wrong publicly, on a blog shared with my peers, takes a lot for me. I hate to do it, but it must be said: I was skeptical about women claiming they support Trump. I...

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Blessings in the Lessons from the RNC

Cleveland has not been what I expected it to be, and I think I’m okay with that. This past week, Wake the Vote has been busy at the Republican National Convention. Cohort members attended panels that ran the gamut from poverty and education to bipartisan criminal...

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Why Center is not Enough

As I have worked this summer at the Center for American progress, I have noticed some interesting if not contradictory phenomena. As has been reiterated countless times, this election cycle has seen partisanship increase at a level previously unseen. Bitter rivalries...

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The problem with partisanship

One of the key tenants of the Wake the Vote program is exploring ideas of bipartisanship and collaboration in government. As a cohort of students actively engaged in politics, being able to have rational and calm policy discussions with those who differ in party...

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For Better or Worse: Everything is Political

As the summer has heated up, so has the 2016 election cycle. I have spent my summer interning with the Center for American Progress (CAP). After all of the campaign work that I’ve been doing with Wake the Vote, I decided to take a step back and look at another side of...

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Home is where the disenfranchisement is?

  The most accurate way I can think to describe my experience monitoring the polls during the NC primary is boredom punctuated by conspiracy theorizing and aggressive inquiry. Last week Wake the Vote was able to partner with Democracy North Carolina, a...

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