Matthew serves as Presidential Fellow in the Office of the President at Stony Brook University where he assist the president and his executive staff with the planning, development and implementation of campus-wide, high-impact initiatives.
Matthew was accepted by Stony Brook University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts and masters in social work and became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the Psi Chi Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor International Honor Society. While attending Stony Brook University, Matthew worked as a research analyst for the SUNY Research Foundation, assisting with the Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative. Matthew also taught elementary school students in New York State’s first university-sponsored “Freedom School” – a literacy enrichment program designed to empower economically challenged children.
In May of 2014, Matthew was recruited by EAC Network to serve as the Director of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Pre-Plea Community Service Program – an alternative to incarceration program serving hundreds of youth throughout Long Island. Matthew is also the coordinator of Literacy Services at the Patchogue-Medford Library and the First Vice President of the Long Island Latino Teacher’s Association – a non-profit organization that seeks to increase higher enrollment among minority students through regional conferences, scholarships and educational programs.
In February of 2016 Matthew was the youngest recipient of the New York State Senators award for Community Leadership and Service. He also recently accepted a position statistics at Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare and coordinates a summer program for minority middle school students with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Matthew speaks to schools, churches, conferences and community organizations, about his experience of overcoming obstacles as a first generation college student. He plans to attend Harvard University and continue to study higher education leadership and student success.