Jordan Arellanes

Jordan Arellanes shows importance of bringing passion into research

Jordan found himself with offers to attend other doctoral programs across the nation; however, he chose Iowa State University because of the passion the professors have for what they do. Now, Jordan gets to share that same passion during his student teaching opportunities and when conducting his research.

“My favorite part of teaching is being able to bring my passion into class and show the kids in [human development and family studies] their goals are realities, and there is no task too big,” Jordan said.

He found this passion during his undergraduate studies while working with a program called Campus Corps, now Campus Connections.

“This was the first time I really saw the need in the community to better inform parents and youth on the importance of education,” he said.

Specifically, Jordan saw many Latino fathers had social, political, and economic barriers that kept them detached from their children’s education.

“These families were not given the same opportunities to learn about college that I had growing up, and I knew that I wanted to make a difference in their lives.”

This brought Jordan to his current research area knowing these students’ dreams can become reality with a little extra assistance to their families. This assistance includes focusing on helping families understand the importance, impact, and access of information in the education system for their children.

“I believe that the best way to make the world a better place is by making sure that we all have equal access to educational opportunities,” said Jordan.

Jordan sees research truly changing the lives of future generations. As the recent recipient of the National Council on Family Relations 2017 Feldman Award for Outstanding Policy Proposal for Research in Family Policy, he takes pride in his nationally recognized research, and he hopes to one day make a program focused on assisting these families on their educational journey.

“Make sure you’re really passionate about it,” said Jordan. “Research for the right reason—not just because it’s a hot topic but because you know you can make an impact in that area for others. It’s something you should be willing to dedicate your life toward.”