Holmes Scholar of the Month: Monique Matute

Congratulations to Monique E. Matute, Holmes Scholar of the Month for November 2017!

Matute is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in special education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). This is her second year in the doctoral program, and she is also a graduate assistant.

Matute is a determined doctoral student who exemplifies hard work and dedication to the field of special education. Her research interests are the disproportionality of African American males in special education and applied behavioral analysis. She strives to present critical issues and implications on overrepresentation and underrepresentation of students from culturally linguistic and diverse backgrounds in special education.

In her first year in the program, Matute presented at seven conferences, and she is currently working on two publications. At UNLV, she serves as vice president of the Black Graduate Student Association and secretary for Student Academic Authors.

Matute previously worked as a developmental specialist for Nevada Early Intervention Services, where she provided early intervention services to families and children from birth to 3 years old with developmental delays and disabilities. She speaks Spanish fluently, increasing her culturally sensitive service to the diverse Las Vegas community. She also has worked as a community-based instructor and psychosocial rehabilitation worker. Matute hopes to work in higher education and practice as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst upon graduation.

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Brianna Joseph

Florida Atlantic University