Matea Caluk '09 & '11
Adv Public Relations, Education
Michigan State University, Associate Director for Prevention, Outreach and Education in the Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Education and Compliance
1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
After earning my undergraduate degree, I stayed at GVSU to attend graduate school and served as a Graduate Assistant in HRL. In my second year of grad school, I left to pursue a full-time position at Aquinas College. Upon graduating with my Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs I returned to GVSU as a Living Center Director in Murray, VanSteeland, and GVA. I spent two amazing years collaborating with campus patented to support the Lakers. In 2013, I went to MSU where I have served in various capacities. I really find great impact in serving students and communities that are most marginalized.
2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I absolutely loved Kleiner late night. I lived in Kistler, and my friend group would spend hours in Kleiner studying, dancing, and joking around. This really shaped my sense of belonging at GVSU. My friend group from that time continues to be my village.
3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
“Be who you are and say what you mean because people who mind don’t matter and people who matter don’t mind.” I think this is a Dr. Seuss quote, but it’s gotten me to embrace my true authentic self and surround myself with people who nurture that in me.
4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand
Transformation, growth, and community
5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I would like to see equitable access to education regardless of zip code. All young people deserve access to opportunities that support their talents, innovations, and dreams.
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