I began working as an intern with the Urban Initiative nearly one month ago (September 2014) today, and have since had the privilege of contributing to the great applied work going on here and at the Center for Policy Analysis. I currently hold a bachelors degree from Gordon College in International Development and Public Health, and I’ve recently started the Master of Public Policy program here at UMass Dartmouth.
As an undergraduate, I worked closely with a nonprofit, Clinics of Hope, to design and coordinate a community-level public health research program in Togo, West Africa. Then, after graduating in 2012, I decided to explore my heritage in Lima, Peru. For a little over a year, I taught English and volunteered with the Latin American nonprofit, TECHO. My academic interests are deeply connected to, and driven by these real world experiences. I believe in the power of applied research to shape public discourse, leading to creative solutions for sustainable, inclusive social and economic development.
In the past month, I have worked on unemployment data sets for the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project and assisted with the Acushnet Avenue Economic Impact Study. I am really grateful for this opportunity, and for the way my colleagues have welcomed me into the community.
Trevor V. Mattos
Master of Public Policy Program, 2014-2016