BENEFITING: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
Matt Shlonsky loved Washington, DC. Since arriving at American University in 2010, Matt had embraced his adopted city, attending historical events, concerts, and other local activities across the district. After his graduation from the School of International Service in May 2014, Matt elected to remain in Washington, starting a career in business communications and consulting. Matt continued to give back to the School of International Service as a generous volunteer and a donor. Matt, who was my freshman year neighbor in Letts Hall at American University, was a close friend who was smart, enthusiastic, motivated, conscientious, easy going, and a willing volunteer who helped anyone who sought his assistance.
Matt’s future of unlimited possibilities ended tragically on August 15, 2015, when he fell victim to gun violence in Washington. Matt left behind a loving family, many hundreds of loyal friends, and a remarkable legacy of caring and kindness that betrayed his 23 years.
As a student at the School of International Service, Matt was smart, enthusiastic, motivated, conscientious, easy going, and a willing volunteer in helping fellow classmates and faculty. He had a great passion to learn and be helpful to others. At the university, he was active in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Men’s Club Ice Hockey, and the Kennedy Political Union. He also studied abroad at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile and cared deeply about Latin America, its people, languages and cultures. He earned a bachelor of arts in international studies with a concentration in international business relations and a regional concentration on Latin America. While in Washington, he also served as an intern at Amgen, the Glover Park Group, and in the congressional office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.
By donating to this cause, you will help support The School of International Service faculty and students who wish to draw on their international affairs research to address challenges facing the district of Columbia, a place that was special to Matt and others who were lucky enough to call him our friend.