As public relations chair for the Society on Latino Affairs (SOLA) at Millersville University, Ricardo Brens Matos helps make sure the campus community knows about the group’s mission of promoting diversity and unity among students. By getting involved in campus activities early on, Brens Matos said he has grown tremendously, in both his social and speaking skills.
"Since I learned English I have always been afraid of speaking in public because of my accent. Being involved has helped me to realize that my accent is worth the effort I’ve put into everything after coming to this country and learning the language. Now I have decided to be proud of it and embrace it."
Brens Matos also works as a student office assistant in the Sociology/Anthropology Department. He has won several academic honors for his classroom performance.
After graduation, still two years away, he hopes to work in a high school and teach courses in both Spanish and Latino studies. He said his goal is “to give students who want to learn the language or about the Latino culture more knowledge on the subject.” He also wants to pursue a master’s degree in education or school counseling.
"I am very positive that once I graduate, I will always be thankful to Millersville University for helping me achieve my educational goals in life."