Research Associate - Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

Matt is a research associate at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Matt's research focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities and barriers to employment, such as justice involvement. Matt is key personnel on two grants funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy: the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion, and the CAPE-Youth Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth. At Cornell, Matt teaches undergraduate courses in the disability studies curriculum (Disability Law; Disability, Employment, and Workforce Development Policy), and a course in the Government Department on mass incarceration in the United States. Matt is Co-PI on a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council focused on developing county-level collaboratives to support re-entry of justice-involved youth with disabilities, and PI on a new program called “Pro Se: Empowering Justice-Involved Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities through Speech and Debate Training,” which provides a 3-month of virtual certificate program in “Speech and Debate” to justice-involved youth and young adults with disabilities. Matt is faculty advisor for the Cornell Undergraduate Mock Trial Association, 2021 recipient of the Cornell ILR Engaged Learning Teaching Award, and was a 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar in Barbados through the U.S. Department of State.

Workshop 1: Intentional Inclusion in the Post COVID-19 Workplace: Strumming Your Own Chord