Jordan Whitledge, a senior business administration, economics, and political science major and 2011-12 Student Government Association president, has been awarded one of four Global Engagement Internships at the University of Southern Indiana. Whitledge will spend six weeks with World Endeavors in Jaipur, the capital and largest city of India’s Rajasthan region, July 6-August 18.
Dr. Leslie Nunn, chair and professor of business law in the College of Business, will be Whitledge’s faculty mentor and accompany him to India for the first week of the program.
“I’m coming to the end of my college career, and I’ve always wanted to go abroad, but finances have been a problem,” Whitledge said. “I haven’t had the money to study abroad, so I saw this opportunity and decided to apply. I’m very grateful that I got it.”
Whitledge’s tenure as SGA president has been marked by several achievements. Under his leadership, SGA worked with Purdue University and Indiana University to advocate for the “Lifeline Law” that successfully passed the Indiana legislature this session. SGA passed a resolution in favor of an amendment to the county’s ordinance on human relations, and Whitledge presented the resolution to the County Commissioners at a public hearing. Whitledge also began a “Fireside Chat” series on YouTube that he said recently elected 2012-13 SGA president Sarah Krampe will continue during her tenure.
Whitledge recently traveled to Washington, DC to represent the University at the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) 2012 White House Leadership Summit, where he planned to advocate on behalf of USI students on the issues of accessibility, affordability, and quality of higher education in the United States.
He said the summit fit into his career plans because he wants to be directly involved in making public policy. “I eventually want to hold public office because it is the highest calling an individual, in a democracy, can pursue. I believe deeply in community service and I see public service as an extension of that.”
After graduation, he plans to pursue a joint degree program and earn Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees.
Until then, he has the trip to India to look forward to. “I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to growing both personally and professionally and bringing my experiences back to USI,” he said.
Whitledge is a member of the Pre-Law Society, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also has served as an AMIGO.
A North High School graduate, he is the son of Brian and Shannon Whitledge of Evansville.
Whitledge's was one of four Global Engagement Internships awarded in spring 2012 through USI’s International Programs and Studies. See the links at top right for more.
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