Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Matthews honored for work as tutor, mentor

Marjorie Matthews and her tutoring student Julanding Marjorie Matthews and her tutoring student Julanding

La Follette School University Services Associate Marjorie Matthews has received two awards for her community service.

The Literacy Network has selected her as the English as a second language tutor of the month for June. "I have been volunteering with the Literacy Network since 2011 working with a woman from Gambia who had recently arrived in the United States," Matthews says. "She and I are still working together, meeting weekly to improve her English and assist with other life skills. She has greatly improved her language and reading skills, has gotten a drivers' license and a job as a custodian for the university, been promoted into ESL 4 at Madison Area Technical College and achieved U.S. citizenship while we have been working together."

The Literacy Network will feature Matthews and her student in its June newsletter.

On campus, Matthews received an award for her work with BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments) for which she has been a mentor. "Bridge is a campus organization through International Student Services that pairs a U.S. undergraduate student and an international undergraduate student to be friends and learn about one another's cultures," Matthews says. "The American students provide support and help the international students as they navigate an unfamiliar set of customs and culture in our country."

The pairs are organized into teams, and Matthews received recognition in May for her work mentoring Team 4. "I have enjoyed my involvement with BRIDGE this semester and hope to continue to volunteer as a BRIDGE mentor in future semesters," she says.