Becky’s Fund Welcomes PatrickFebruary 3, 2015
Hi, my name is Patrick Noel and I am a senior at American University in Washington DC. I am double majoring in Public Health and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and I was born in the Caribbean island of St.Lucia. For as long as I have ever seriously considered a career I knew I wanted to work in the health field. I chose public health because the area is broad yet somewhat defined at the same time. Nutrition, epidemiology, mental health, all those things fit under the public health umbrella.
It wasn’t until halfway through my college career that I realized the intersection of sex, sexuality and sexual victimization on the public health sphere. Suddenly there was completely new way to examine the profession I chose, new challenges, new goals and new destination. After this realization I took on a minor, which turned into another major in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). I wanted to combine my knowledge of public health with the ideas and theories of WGSS in order to fully understand the stigma certain marginalized groups face when dealing with the health care system.
I chose to intern at Becky’s Fund because of their Men of Code Program. Through my coursework I became very interested in the idea of reforming the current state of masculinity into a force for progressive social change. I saw the ways in which negative portrayals and enactments of masculinity adversely affect the health outcomes of both women and men. I think Beck’s Fund saw this as well and their Men of Code program was a way of responding to that. I hope to use my knowledge to further their the Men of Code program in order to help create a generation of men with healthy, positive outlooks on their masculinity.
I hope to use the knowledge and experience I gain at Becky’s Fund to continue developing programs for young men so they can come to understand themselves as men and decipher what really means. To teach them that their status as men does not depend upon the subordination of anyone else and that they can use their power for positive change across the board. Other than that I do see an MPH in my future.