Dr. Cheryl Matias
Message to my clients
I care for my clients. I got into this field because I refuse to see more diverse students and/or faculty struggle. I refuse to let criticality die amidst respectability politics that wrongly labels women of Color as incivil or “the problem.” I refuse to have women, diverse faculty and students, or any socially just activist gaslighted into believing they are not good enough, causing extreme self-doubt. Therefore, working with me is about authentic radical care, love, and empowerment. I take the time to truly listen to your passions, synthesize those interests and strengths, and then offer pedagogical, theoretical, and/or research-based considerations. Often times scholars struggle with getting their ideas onto paper, narrowing their focus on a manuscript, or streamlining their writing projects. Others struggle with protecting themselves from academic racial and gender microaggressions and are seeking ways to put protocols in place to protect them. Finally, there are those who get burnt out in doing the radically challenging work of racial justice and are looking into ways to process their experience, possibly while publishing them. In fact, I found it cathartic and healing to truly understand how whiteness, especially the emotionalities of whiteness get emotionally projected onto me. I learned it was not about me. It was always about their issues with who I represent: proud, Brown, strong, intelligent, bold, and beautiful. But I went beyond understanding what I was going through. I wrote my Truth. I analyzed my Truth. I presented my Truth. In all that self-exploration of that which burdens me but is not my burden I became anew…and that fierceness is what I bring to my clients.
Dr. Christin DePouw
University of Wisconsin
Dr. Cheryl Matias is an exceptional and knowledgeable mentor. She possesses a strong grasp of effective navigation of academic research and publishing as well as the insight and creativity needed to merge professional success with critical race activism. I met Dr. Matias after she gave a powerful presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting a few years ago and initiated a conversation with her. She was supportive, warm, and honest throughout that and subsequent conversations and provided me with the advice I needed to restart my academic writing and publishing. Her mentoring was a turning point for me in terms of writing productivity, which had been a struggle due to my heavy teaching and service load. I appreciate so much her time and support, which helped me to regain the professional trajectory I imagined for myself.