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“It was always a dream of mine to attend Rutgers. Now that I’m here I’m really grateful that I can experience many of the opportunities that Rutgers presents.”
Political Science, Latino and Caribbean Studies
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Mateo's Story

From curating Latino-centric art exhibits at the Zimmerli Art Museum to organizing political rallies for Governor Phil Murphy, this McNair Scholar aspires to teach the forgotten narratives of American History.

What was your greatest academic achievement?

I think one of my greatest academic achievements was definitely finding my passion in the Latino and Caribbean studies major. This is a major that really influenced what I’m doing now and the research I want to do in the future.

Did/Are you conducting research with faculty?  Share your experience.

My research involved documenting the narrative of working class Columbian immigrants during the urban crisis. By documenting the challenges that this immigrant community faced in the 70s and 80s, we can begin to contextualize the challenges for immigrants today in our current political climate.

When you think of your Rutgers – New Brunswick experience, what stands out most?

Endless opportunities. There are many ways that you could become involved, whether it be in student organizations or creating your own student organization. There’s always space for you to pursue your passion.

Mateo’s activities on campus: