Shanéa Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Shanéa Thomas has expertise in gender and sexuality issues, race and class dynamics, mental health, bereavement and strategic planning.

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Shane'a Thomas
Phone:  +1 213.740.2711
Rank:  Senior Lecturer
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  Ground

Shanéa Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Shanéa Thomas has expertise in gender and sexuality issues, race and class dynamics, mental health, bereavement and strategic planning.

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Biography

Dr. Shanéa Thomas, LICSW (He/She/Dr.) is a bold lecturer and seasoned scholar-practitioner with more than 15 years of professional social work experience in the Washington D.C. metro area. His main commitment is training and strategizing with social workers, educators, and service providers around building safer therapeutic and educational spaces for all people.  This is especially for those working in communities who are underserved and under-resourced, and those identifying as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQI+ folks.  Dr. Thomas has facilitated over 50 workshops centering diversity, equity and inclusion needs, grief and loss, mental health, sex and gender, and LGBTQI+ populations. When creating organizational change through strategic planning, Dr. Thomas's work unapologetically centers marginalized voices with community organizations and healthcare institutions to help shift power, privilege, and organizational accountability.
For the past ten years, Dr. Thomas has dedicated her time as a Senior Lecturer for the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work’s Virtual Academic Center. As a past Youth Psychotherapist, Dr. Thomas has also committed time toward supporting local LGBTQIA+ youth and those affected by HIV/AIDS through organizations such as Whitman-Walker Health and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, DC. She is a proud alumnx of Virginia Tech, Howard University, and Widener University holding a BS in Psychology, a Master's of Social Work degree with a concentration of Direct Services (Families and Children), a Master's in Education, and an Advanced Certificate in Human Sexuality Studies, respectively and an EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership through the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Thomas also is a trained Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider through the MISS Foundation and the Center for Loss and Trauma. Whether through trainings, workshops, or supervision, Dr. Thomas is humbled to be using his gifts to serve the community.

Education

University of Southern California

Ed.D 2021

Widener University

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Sexuality Studies, 2018

Widener University

M.Ed 2017

Howard University

MSW 2006

Virginia Tech

Bs 2004

Area of Expertise

  • mental health
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender (LGBQ+T) issues (specializing in youth and young adult identity development)
  • equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • intersectionality
  • gender and sexuality issues and rights
  • secondary post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout
  • boundary setting and self-care
  • race and class dynamics (focusing on Black issues)
  • health equity (particularly centering LGBQ+T people)
  • strategic planning and organizational leadership and change
  • certified compassionate bereavement care provider

Industry Experience

  • Research
  • Education/Learning
  • Social Services

Affiliations

  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
  • Ante Up! - Professional Development for Justice Workers
  • Everyone Deserves Sex Education
  • MISS Foundation

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