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Name: Trell Thomas
Residence: New York, New York
Occupation: Communications and Talent Director, VH1 Save The Music


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Trell Thomas ’08 remembers well the crucial impact that access to the arts and education had on his life – which is why he relishes every opportunity to encourage and mentor young men of color.

Thomas, communications and talent director for VH1 Save The Music, spoke recently at a White House roundtable discussion titled “Opening Doors and Creating Opportunities” to share best practices for engaging America’s youth – including boys and young men of color – in the arts, technology and education sectors. It’s an issue, Thomas explained, that is close to his heart.

“There are so many odds stacked against men of color before most take their first breath. I think that we have to come together for that reason alone,” said Thomas, a native of rural Cassatt, South Carolina. He added that it was “life-changing and inspiring to be able to be a part of something so necessary – to be able to share something that, in the long run, might save lives.”

At VH1 Save The Music, Thomas works diligently to provide access to music education for children. His work runs the gamut from school visits to event planning to pairing talent with the foundation. Recently he also rang the NASDAQ closing bell in Times Square to kick off Save The Music's 20th anniversary campaign, which will mark 20 years of saving music for the foundation. However, the New York City resident is quick to point out that work doesn’t feel like work.

“The thing that I like about my work is that it doesn’t feel like work; it just feels like doing something that makes me and other people happy. It feels like … purpose,” said Thomas.

Thomas said that his time at Winthrop, in fact, helped him turn his passion into purpose. Thomas did his best to maximize his Winthrop experience. He majored in mass communication and minored in history, and he also served as a member of numerous on-campus groups, including then-Dinkins Student Union (now the DiGiorgio Student Union); Winthrop’s chapter of the NAACP; Winthrop student government; WINR, Winthrop’s radio station; and Thomson Hall Council. In addition, Thomas was president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and vice-president for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., which nominated him for Homecoming king – an honor he won in 2008.

Thomas said he views his Winthrop experience as an invaluable period of self-discovery that taught him how to network and build sustainable relationships.

“If you are in search of yourself, Winthrop will help you find you or enough of you to help locate the rest,” said Thomas.

Last Updated: 7/19/2017

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