Conversations With Kai Mann S2:E11

Graced with an abundance of gifts, Dr. De’ Andrea Matthews, without reservation, selflessly pours her heart into her work and into the lives of many in various capacities.

Commonly known as Dr. Dee, Dr. Matthews is an author, educator, national conference speaker and ordained minister. Passionate and accomplished, Dr. Dee’s gifts, exercised through voice and pen, have aspired many to embark upon their own road to success.
Dr. Dee is the president and book strategist for Claire Aldin Publications, LLC. She has written and published several books, including: Their Darkest Hour, Reboot Global Breakout Bible Study Guide, Almost Doesn’t Count, and Letters to my Angry Self. She is currently working on her first full-length non-fiction book entitled, The Surrendered Soul: Aligning the Five Parts of Your Soul with the Will of God.

With 20 years of experience under her belt, Dr. Dee has been an educator at both public and private institutions. Currently, Dr. Dee is director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wayne State University School of Medicine where she oversees the outreach, recruitment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who are underrepresented in medicine. As director, she also provides leadership and strategic direction of the department’s initiatives, programs and courses. Dr. Matthews specializes in helping first-generation and/or low-income students realize and chase their dreams relentlessly. The scope of services offers outreach and recruitment from K-12 through application to medical school. Her goal is to support students in becoming competitive medical school applicants and, ultimately, licensed physicians.

Dr. Matthews is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council to the dean for the WSU School of Medicine, which leads the design and implementation of the diversity plan for faculty, staff and students. She serves as a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity & Inclusion, as well as the National Post Baccalaureate Collaborative. Dr. Matthews is a co-author with other diversity professionals on A National Long-term Outcomes Evaluation of U.S. Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs Designed to Promote Health Care Access and Workforce Diversity published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

To complement her writing and teaching expertise, Dr. Dee, a gifted speaker, has presented at national conferences, as well as universities across the country on a wide range of topics: becoming a competitive medical school applicant, the impact of poverty on education, the retention of the first-generation, low-income student, and other topics surrounding diversity and inclusion. She holds a doctorate in Religious Education, Masters in Theology, and Bachelor of Science in African-American Studies.

As the Pastor of Leadership Development at Impact Church, Dr. Dee created the Ministerial Training Academy, designed to develop ministers and those seeking theological training.
Dr. Dee is happily married to her wonderful husband and friend, Brian Matthews. She is inspired and committed to paving the way for many to grow spiritually and professionally. Because of this, many lives will unquestionably be impacted in the most positive way, by and through Dr. Matthews.

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