- Assistant Director of Student Programs and Community Outreach
Tasha Peacock is the Institute of Politics’ Assistant Director of Student Programs and Community Outreach. Tasha is deeply connected to the Pitt student body and over the course of her career, has demonstrated equally strong connections with the regional community. As the Institute’s student programming continues to grow rapidly with the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, the All Angles student speaker and discussion series, and the Cherna Fellowship, we couldn’t be more thrilled that we found such a strong candidate with a wealth of experience with Pitt students and a personal passion to improving the quality of life in southwestern PA.
In her most recent role within the University as an Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions, Tasha played a pivotal role in the development and continuation of the Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration (PAC), involving the Pittsburgh Public School District and the Community College of Allegheny County. She continues to manage external strategic partnerships building on over a decade of community based work beginning with her experience at A+ Schools. She is a champion for college access for first-generation and underrepresented students and was the co-founder of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce within the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.
Tasha is currently a doctoral candidate at Pitt in Urban Education and holds a Master’s from Pitt’s School of Education with an emphasis in Social Comparative Analysis. Tasha graduated from Duquesne University majoring in political science and sociology. Among her many awards and achievements, Tasha has received the Gary M. Kelsey Human Relations Award through the PA Association of College Admissions Counseling for outstanding services in support of students in Pennsylvania and the Western Regional Award from the PA Black Conference on Higher Education for selfless devotion and outstanding services within higher education.