Matthew D. Sanchez, M.S.
Graduate Assistant - Diversity & Inclusion
- Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University
- M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio
- B.S., Psychology, Minor: Neuroscience, Texas A&M University
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
As a counseling psychology doctoral student, I am beyond excited to assist in creating a more inclusive campus as the graduate assistant for Diversity & Inclusion. To truly create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone, we must recognize the privilege and biases that we each possess that affect our ability to develop understanding compassionate relationships. It is only by being genuine, empathetic, and open-minded that we can begin to explore ourselves to develop true connections with others. In my training as a counselor, I have begun the journey to identify my own privilege and biases in hopes of understanding the lives of diverse individuals. I feel that my growth in this journey of inclusivity is continuously evolving and can never be truly completed due to the complexities of intersecting identities that people possess.
My interests from a broad perspective revolve around the relationships between biological variables, social variables, and how they affect cognitive, emotional, and psychological development in men. More specifically, the effects of masculinity on the development of perceived typical and atypical behavior in men across the lifespan. In the future I hope to earn a tenured position in an academic setting and have my own independent program of research focusing on men and masculinity. I have a strong passion to mentor, teach, and foster growth in rising scholars and future clinicians. I believe once I have achieved my success, the next step is to help others achieve their own. Along with my pursuits in academia, I also hope to open a private practice offering services focusing on men’s wellness.