Jordyn Gaurkee

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Jordyn exemplifies the leadership and problem-focused learning our institution values, as well as intellectual capacity and dedication. Since a traumatic experience altered her institutional issues in higher education around sexual assault and equity policies, Ms. Gaurkee has become an advocate for herself and others. Her ultimate goal is to help re-formulate campus sexual assault policy and procedures and be an advocate for victims of sexual assault. She has started a new sorority on campus focused on this and related issues, and engaged in volunteer work with local domestic violence and food security shelters.

A faculty member wrote that, "[a]s a student in the classroom and a student-leader on campus, Jordyn is preparing herself for a career in law to serve victims of sexual assault, and this award would recognize the amazing work she's completed so far. Amongst the students I've worked with over the years, Jordyn stands out as strong and dedicated, a passionate advocate, and eager to learn everything she can." Her courage in take on complex policies at multiple institutions while also focusing on community-building her on campus stands out, and she hopes to continue to engage as a leader in her community after graduation.

Gary Miller
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Personal Statement

I grew up in a military family where both of my parents served in the armed forces. I wanted to follow their footsteps so I decided to join ROTC where I received a 3-year full ride scholarship. But two months into my first year of college I was sexually assaulted by another cadet in the program. Since then my life has been on a different path, but for the better. It hasn’t been easy, but I am doing what I can to help those who have been through similar situations. I am working on implementing a judicial advocate program at UW-Green Bay through an independent study called Advocacy and Title IX. Another thing I am doing is within the Office of International Education. I am taking all their Title IX information and making it more accessible to students by looking at every partnered university from abroad, and finding and compiling their resources into a single document. Finally, I started a local sorority where we volunteer at Golden House which is a haven for those who has experienced domestic violence. In the future, I hope to continue my advocacy for those who have been through similar situations by becoming a lawyer. 

Jordyn Gaurkee
Democracy and Justice Studies: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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