CGIS extends hearty congratulations to Global & International Studies student Matt Visser, who was recently named one of 15 "KU Men of Merit" for 2013. The KU Men of Merit competition is hosted annually by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. Each year KU students, staff and faculty are nominated by members of the KU Community for the honor. Nominees are assessed on the basis of how they demonstrate positively defining masculinity by challenging stereotypes through leadership, engagement and action on campus and in the community.
Matt Visser's story is an inspiring one. With an academic career that saw him on academic probation by his second semester, Matt was fortunate enough to encounter an instructor at KU who became an important mentor for him. This experience caused a dramatic turn-around in Matt's life that landed him on the Honor roll by his third semester! A triple major in GIST, Political Science and French, and a Cadet Captain in the ROTC since 2009, Matt is due to graduate this May. Study Abroad experiences in Costa Rica and France, as well a stint teaching English to Rwandan Defense Forces in Kigali, Rwanda have given Matt a taste for travel and international service. Matt is a finalist for the Critical Language Scholarship and hopes to use this to study Punjabi in Chandighar, India in summer 2013. He plans to pursue a career as a Foreign Area Officer working in an embassy in an East African country. CGIS applauds you, Matt, and wishes you the best in your future endeavors!