ISRC All-Stars

We are excited to help you find resources, answer questions, and support students along their journey here at the UA. Our team is small, brilliant and well-connected to community resources. 

Check out our bios below.

Matt Matera, Ph.D.

ISRC Coordinator
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Since 2003, Matt has been actively involved with education and college access issues as a facilitator, program coordinator, and volunteer with educational, faith-based, federally-funded, and non-profit institutions.  In 2016, he helped launch the UA Immigrant Student Resource Center and served as its Graduate Assistant from 2016 to 2017 and currently as Coordinator. He is also a Co-Founder of ScholarshipsA-Z, an organization dedicated to connecting students with undocumented status to educational resources. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education & College Student Personnel from the University of Arizona. He recently received his Ph.D. in college access and educational policy from the UA in December 2019.

Treya Allen, Ed.D.

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ISRC Student Success Liaison
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In the ISRC...
Dr. Treya Allen is our primary contact for questions on academics, pathways to graduation, and student success skills (i.e. time management, study skills, etc).  Dr. Allen is a first-generation college graduate that serves as the Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Advising in The A Center, a proud Adjunct Faculty member at Pima Community College in the STU department, and an education activist. She works to ensure that all students, regardless of their start, have all the necessary skills to develop as scholars and achieve their goals- academic, personal, or professional. Her academic advising and teaching philosophy is easily summarized by Septima Poinsetta Clark- “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.” To that end Dr. Allen can be readily found with her nose in a book, in a library stack, or her favorite bookstore believing firmly in practicing what she preaches.

Marie Tanaka

ISRC Graduate Assistant
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Marie is leading the College Navigators to support ISRC student advising and programming. Marie has taught English language courses for adolescents and adults since 2013; she has lived a year in Barcelona, and a year in Andorra teaching English as part of the Fulbright program. Marie graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Literary Arts. She is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program in the College of Education. Marie is committed to addressing the rampant inequities in education, and looks forward to supporting and empowering students.