Cecil Thomas, M.A. Chicago Campus
"My goal is to foster the kind of environment
that allows for critical thinking, self-reflection,
and interdisciplinary connections."
Cecil M. Thomas
Cecil M. Thomas, M.A.
Associate Director of Community Engagement
My goal is to foster the kind of environment that allows for critical thinking, self-reflection, and interdisciplinary connections. I emphasize an examination of the structural forces, public policies, and broader systems that have necessitated the need to take action on a specific injustice or inequity that is detrimental to our society. Additionally, I utilize the experiential learning model as a way to encourage students to understand that their real-life experiences may provide the nexus to support theories they’ve learned in the classroom via mindful reflection and constructive discourse.
What differentiates the Adler School is a willingness to hire individuals with nonpsychology backgrounds to provide another vantage point from which students can consider the meaning of social responsibility. I teach at Adler with an urban planning background because it provides me with an opportunity to use my skills within a new context. And as someone who has spent over ten years in activist and advocacy circles around the world, I really connected to the social justice mission and values of the Adler School.
Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4222) if you have questions or would like more information about me.
- M.A., Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2009
- M.A., International Education, School for International Training, 2005
- B.A., Communication, Western Illinois University, 1999
- Hip-Hop, Graffiti, and Youth Violence: A Case Study of Chicago and New York City, 1st International Conference on Art in Response to Violence at Northeastern Illinois University, October 2010