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“There are different facets of what it means to be a man. One of them is the commitment to one’s family, commitment to one’s community, those are becoming more important issues, and I think CEW is definitely helping to push that to the fore.”
Alvin Thomas is a clinical psychology graduate student and the first man ever to receive a scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women. Alvin, who hails from the island of St. Lucia, has relocated to the University of Michigan to conduct research that investigates the ways in which “re-introducing non-resident African-American fathers into the lives of their sons serves as an additional source of support and of positive socialization.”
After earning an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, Alvin travelled to a Tibetan refugee village, where he researched monastic life, before returning to the Caribbean. His ethnographic research conducted while home detailed the lives of young men and their interpretations of masculinity. He sought to improve emotional decision-making for young boys while working through their psychological barriers.
As Alvin looks forward to the future and toward continuing his work, both internationally and in the U.S., he appreciates the role that CEW is playing with regard to men and issues of masculinity and paternity. “I really applaud CEW for stepping out and recognizing me.” He believes that CEW can help him to convey the influences of men on their children- their psychological, educational and societal impact. “There are different facets of what it means to be a man. One of them is the commitment to one’s family, commitment to one’s community, those are becoming more important issues, and I think CEW is definitely helping to push that to the fore.”