Jordan Brooks – Focusing on queer affirmative social work and various models of mental health

School of Social Work faculty member Jordan Brooks smiles outside of the School of Education building on campus

Jordan Brooks, instructor, is excited about the opportunity to teach in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. He focuses on anti-oppressive practices in teaching and creating a sense of safety for his students. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

I was born in Arkansas, but I have lived in: Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida. I moved from Florida to Fort Collins in the summer of 2020. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s in Florida, and I graduated from University of South Florida in 2019 with a master’s in social work. Outside of teaching I really enjoy having dinner with friends, baking, and reading. 

What brought you to the School of Social Work at CSU? 

Prior to joining the School of Social Work, I was a counselor at the Health Network on campus. I loved working with students from a clinical perspective but wanted to also explore teaching and helping the next generation of social workers. Funny enough, prior to pursuing social work I originally went to school to become a high school educator, and now I’ve found my way back to teaching. 

What are your research and/or teaching interests, and how did you get interested in that topic? 

I teach across the BSW and MSW programs. My teaching interests center mostly around queer affirmative social work, and different conceptualizations of mental health. 

What is your teaching philosophy? 

My teaching philosophy is centered first and foremost in anti-oppressive practices. My goal as an educator is to help move students away from oppressive models of teaching and to always establish safety as we explore difficult topics related to social work. 

What is your favorite thing about CSU and the campus? 

My favorite things about CSU are not novel, but they are still incredibly restorative. The first is the students who are so deeply motivated to bring about change that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive. The second is that I can see the mountains every day—has not gotten old for me yet. 

The School of Social Work is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.