Corwin Matthews, George Mason ’22, was awarded the Spirit of the King Award at the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Evening of Reflection event at George Mason University. The event honors the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Spirit of the King Award recognizes an undergraduate and graduate student who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of inclusive learning environments. Recipients of the award have been allies or advocates for others, taken risks for issues and concerns greater than themself, and/or contributed to creating a more inclusive environment on campus. Additionally, they contribute to the improvement of the student experience on campus.
During his time at George Mason, Matthews has proven himself an active leader. His involvement includes serving as a peer advisor for the Black Male Student Initiative Class, STEP Summer Bridge Mentor, residence assistant with the LGBTQ+ Learning Community, UNIV courses and programs senior peer advisor, Student Government undersecretary for Housing and Residence Life, and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity member and risk management chair.
A nominator for the award said, “[Matthews] goes far beyond expectations in creating space for marginalized students, especially for students of color. He always shows up and speaks for others and has sought out development and mentorship to further exemplify their authentic leadership style. He is a possibility model for all student leaders, present and future.”
After graduation, Matthews plans to pursue an internship and apply to graduate programs. His mark on student involvement at George Mason will not go unrecognized in the coming years. He offers advice to his peers that “they take care of each other and be themselves while attending George Mason and after graduation.”