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Fellow of the Month

Mateus Baptista - November 2015 Fellow of the Month

Mateus Baptista
CHCI-McDonald’s Higher Education Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
School: Brown University
Degree: M.A. Urban Education Policy
Placement: Office of Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Mateus Baptista was born in Brazil and moved to Newark, New Jersey at the age of eight. A graduate of Brown University, Mateus graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in international relations in 2014 and recently attained his M.A. in urban education policy.

Mateus’s interest in higher education access and education reform stems from the time he served as a member of the Newark Board of Education during his senior year of high school. While at Brown, Mateus consulted on a project to develop a college-going culture for a school district in California. Since too few students were attending four-year post-secondary institutions upon graduation, Mateus spoke with several stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities as the district aimed to better support Latino students in the college-going process. As a result, the district has restructured its guidance staff and is reassessing its graduation requirements.

As a CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow, Mateus hopes to learn more about the national higher education policy landscape, paying particular attention to minority representation in the nation’s most selective universities. Mateus is committed to ensuring higher education is accessible as a fundamental right to all students.

Past Fellow of the Month

Luis De Paz - September 2015 Fellow of the Month
Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007