Rafael Matos

Rafael Matos believes that “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” What will you create? Through dynamic storytelling, Rafael inspires students to create their authentic self.


▪Authenticity ▪Latinx Focused ▪Motivation & Inspiration ▪Personal Growth ▪Self Esteem ▪Stress Management


▪Behind the Curtain – Embracing your true self to inspire others.
▪Bridges Not Walls: Confronting Bias in Your Community
▪DON’T COME FOR ME BRO! A How-To Guide for Brothers to Talk With Brothers

Rafael is an artist and dynamic speaker who shares his personal experiences through the power of storytelling. He thought provoking punchlines that leave his audiences in a self-reflective state of mind. His words paint vivid narratives that inspire and motivate his students to achieve their best selves.

Rafael embraces vulnerability and shares his experiences with topics of success and failure, self-esteem, social justice and diversity, mental health, masculinity, identity and leadership development. His 19 years of involvement with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., at the local, regional and international level, make him the ideal person to engage and motivate fraternity and sorority members, especially NPHC and MGC communities.

Rafael’s Bio

Rafael is Afro-Latino, born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents. His family moved to NYC, where he grew up in the South Bronx. He earned his BFA in Fine Arts and Masters in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is a speaker and facilitator who has impacted hundreds of students across the country. He has served as a consultant to national fraternities and sororities.

Rafael focuses on leadership and personal development. His work explores the intersectionality of identities through the use of personal narrative. His style is a blend of laid-back Los Angeles attitude and New York City directness – the result is a gentle tough love approach that empowers people around him. His life motto, “Make what you believe manifest,” reflects his desire to help people achieve their best. Rafael has worked on various college campuses, ranging from small liberal arts to large public institutions, where he effectively connected with student and engaged them in critical conversations.

Rafael’s Blogs

The following are past entries Rafael has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog



Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Rafael, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
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Logistical Materials

In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

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Behind the Curtain – Embracing your true self to inspire others

We are conditioned to believe that our credentials are measure of our success, so much that sometimes we focus our energies on securing external validation. Whether college degrees, job titles or accolades, these status markers shape our identities and become the definition of our existence. But what happens when we no longer have these status symbols? These are questions Rafael faced and found answers in an unlikely place – a middle school art classroom.

In this keynote, Rafael guides students through a journey of self-discovery to answer the question, “Who am I?” Students will gain skills to help them identify, articulate and utilize their humanity to live more meaningful and purposeful lives that are inspire others.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to differentiate between internal and external validation
  • how to articulate individual characteristics that can help other people
  • how to find internally-driven self-confidence
Bridges Not Walls: Confronting Bias in Your Community

Over the course of the past few years we have watched as issues of justice and diversity surfaced in our country. From the protests in Charlottesville, VA, to the repeal of DACA, to separation of families at the US borders, these incidents affected students across the country. It is moments like these that force us as leaders to face our own biases, and in some cases, take action.

While some leaders excel in this area, some avoid the topic altogether.  This interactive keynote session uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to provide participants practical ways to engage peers, students and professionals, across various identities, in dialogue that is meaningful, challenging and supportive of both professionals and students.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to define microaggression and provide an example from their own experiences,
  • how to identify personal barriers that hinder their ability to engage in diversity dialogue, and
  • how to identify their own strategy to address a diversity concern they face.
DON’T COME FOR ME BRO!  A How-To Guide for Brothers to Talk With Brothers

Ever have a conversation with your fraternity Brother that started out good and ended very wrong? You thought it was a simple discussion, but somehow it escalated to a full-blown argument you could not escape! Then there was that time at a chapter meeting and there’s a Brother who is critical of everything, even the order of the agenda. You want to address your Brother’s concerns, but you don’t know where to start.

Managing interpersonal relationships is an essential component of leading a fraternity. The expectation that you will be your Brother’s keeper and address him in the most Brotherly manner is a good theory that requires effective maneuvering to execute. This interactive session will share some practical and effective ways to positively address a Brother’s behavior and hold him accountable to fraternity expectations. Students will role play scenarios and gain resources to help them hone their newly acquired skills.

NOTE: This program can be customized to include women and non-Greek letter organizations.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • skills to confront chapter members’ inappropriate behaviors
  • techniques to maintain their composure while confronting a chapter member
  • to facilitate healthy dialogue among chapter members