Episode 12: Matilda Matovu
Matilda Matovu, Program Administrator, CEEB
In this episode, Edgar sits down with Matilda from the Office for Community Engagement Equity and Belonging. Matilda was born in Kampala-Uganda and raised in MA. She talks about her early years of school experiences and how she was raised in the Ugandan way of living. For example, her food choices were influenced by her parents and what they liked from their home country. In fact, Matilda’s first time trying McDonald’s was when she was 13 years old! We learn about the differences between the cultures she was raised in and her parents views of the school systems of both countries, their early years adapting to the new reality in US and the challenges with the language barriers.
Matilda also describes her years during high school in Tewksbury-MA, her transition into college at UMass-Lowell and leaving with a Master’s degree in Biology and Political Science. The experience in the Dean of Students department in UMass-Lowell would prove useful for her current job at HLS. After graduating she worked in the HR of a larger firm until she applied for a position at HLS, initially, for the Dean’s office and later to CEEB where she is currently. She also wants to give a shout out to her relatives in Uganda who she misses very much.
The goal of this podcast is to introduce folks to HLS staff members from across the community. You may recognize the names of some guests, and if you don’t, that’s okay! We hope that you will tune in to learn more about your colleagues—what their role is, what makes them tick, and why they do the work that they do at HLS. If you’re interested in being a guest, please let us know—we would love to hear your story. Our stories bring us together; we come from different backgrounds and serve all different roles, but our shared community at HLS unites us. Let us hear your story!