Matthew Choi Taitano is a native of Guam and member of the class of 2018 concentrating in African American Studies and pursuing a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. He became interested in these two fields of study after taking several classes in the Department of African American Studies and getting involved with the LGBT Center. His research interests are specifically focused on the intersections of race and queerness, visual culture, oppressive aestheticizations of the body, and decolonial thought. In addition to his involvement with the LGBT Center, Matthew has been involved with a variety of programs, organizations, and centers on campus, such as the Princeton Hidden Minority Council, the Princeton Equality Project, the LGBT Peer Education Program, the Pace Center, The Daily Princetonian, and more. He also currently works as a student staff member at the LGBT Center, as a desk assistant at Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and as a student ambassador at GLAAD. During his second year at Princeton, he was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, as well as received awards from the LGBT Center for his activism and service to queer communities on and off campus. His ultimate goal is to become a professor at a university where he will be able to perform research and teach.
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