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

"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
Core Faculty


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.

Education

  • 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

Select Presentations

  • 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