Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a term coined in the early 1950s by American sociologist and anthropologist Ruth Hill Useem. In a book by the same name, American sociologist David C. Pollock described a TCK as “a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.”
I am a Third Culture Kid. Growing up in an Air Force family, a sense of respect and curiosity about diversity and culture was instilled in me at a young age. In college I was able to feed that curiosity, travelling abroad to Morocco and Ireland and on a service-trip to Haiti. The opportunity to foster curiosity in others is why I am now working at the University Honors College.
At the UHC I have the unique opportunity to engage with students on a personal level about what interests them most about this world, what inspires them to learn and explore, and what drives them to succeed. Getting to know students on that level is what energizes me. My job is all about building relationships with students and helping to forge connections with opportunities at Pitt from academic and research pursuits, to study or service abroad, to leadership endeavors. As the Coordinator of Honors Housing, I am also able to foster curiosity through value-added intellectual and cultural programming. While I am open to talking with any interested student, my primary advising focus is with first-year students and I will be bringing advising opportunities directly to Sutherland West in the Fall 2013 term.
Prior to finding my way into higher education, I worked in the advocacy arena and on political campaigns, so please use me as a resource in those areas as well. I look forward to getting to know you in my new capacity and in helping connect you to all of the amazing resources the UHC has to offer. So please stop by and say hello. My office is on the 35th floor and my door is always open.