Academic Community Engagement Advisor, University of Pittsburgh
Holly Hickling is a community engagement professional both within and outside the higher education context. Over the past seven years at the University of Pittsburgh, she has advised over 1,000 of Pittsburgh’s most capable young people, helping them connect to opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, activism, and more, while guiding them through critical reflection on their attitudes and proclivities towards civic engagement. Additionally, she has mentored over 100 undergraduate research projects on topics including: refugee empowerment, equity in big data, and improving opioid epidemic outreach. Holly is a convener who has successfully launched three annual conferences centered around: community engaged scholarship, education and incarceration, and ethical international service. She also create Community Cafe - s a discussion series with community leaders . Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Holly studied mathematics and minored in music at Chatham University. She began her humanitarian career in Zambia, working with refugees and in public health research for six years in the Sub-Saharan African country. After returning to Pittsburgh, she obtained her Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Holly serves on the board of ARYSE, Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Empowerment, which supports refugee and immigrant youth in Pittsburgh. In addition, she volunteers in her community on cross-cultural initiatives such as the Crafton Community Potluck, or for progressive political campaigns. Holly currently lives in East Carnegie (near her extended family) with her partner, her 11-year-old daughter, their dog, and their giant African millipede. She enjoys composting, gardening, singing, and playing music on the five instruments (and growing) that she knows.