Holly Hickling

  • Academic Community Engagement Advisor

Holly Hickling is the UHC's Academic Community Engagement Advisor. She helps students connect their academic interests to meaningful community engagement opportunities, including internships, long term volunteer opportunities, and community-based research. 

Holly brings both a breadth and depth of experience in community engagement and research to the Honors College. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Music from Chatham University in 2004, she spent 6 years in Zambia, first working in refugee camps with FORGE doing community projects, then working with Poverty Action Lab, administering research studies on topics including malaria, reproductive health, and girls' education. Returning to the States, she worked at Northern Illinois University for a year and a half before returning to Pittsburgh.

Throughout her academic and professional career, Holly has maintained a love of music. She has played trombone in Robert Morris University's Jam Blues Band, flute in the May Day marching band (Pittsburgh's local radical street marching band), guitar in an Irish band in Zambia called The Old Hags, and served two summers as "Harmonious Holly" at Camp Deer Creek in Cheswick, PA

Education & Training

  • BS (Mathematics), Chatham University
  • Minor in Music