Helping students navigate the challenging world of college is important to TaMisha Greathouse.
Greathouse, a 2008 alumna of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, will have a larger platform to support college students in her new role as the Director of Campus Activities at the University of Southern California (USC) .
At USC, Greathouse oversees campus programming for 44,000 students and leads the team that supports student organizations campuswide.
TaMisha and the campus activities staff at Springfest which was held at USC.
“Being the director is exhilarating work. Our team works closely with the undergraduate and graduate student government bodies, supports student organizations on campus, provides social events and outlets for students, and encourages student leadership development through campus and community involvement,” says Greathouse.
Her ultimate goal is to foster an environment that helps create a sense of belonging for USC students and builds on university traditions.
“The type of co-curricular involvement I support in this role directly enhances students’ academic success by providing them with a customized set of skills and experiences that they will use throughout their life,” says Greathouse. “As a student affairs professional, I want to tailor these experiences to diverse student populations that have unique experiences transitioning to college.”
TaMisha posing for a photo with the her students at UCLA.
Greathouse experienced the value of being an engaged student and has been working in student affairs for more than a decade, including previous roles at Pitt, UCLA, and Washington State University.
“Through my own experiences as a first-generation college student, I learned how to locate resources that I didn't know existed, find support systems in the most unlikely places, advocate for myself and others, and make meaning of the many lessons that came from learning outside the classroom,” says Greathouse. “My involvement as a student leader at Pitt is where I further developed my passion and a want to serve others in higher education.”
Greathouse credits her time with Pitt Education and her experience as an intern teacher in helping her grow into the student affairs leader she is today.
“I worked in the classroom with Pittsburgh 12th graders who were in the process of applying for college,” says Greathouse. “I was able to use classroom skills and my experiences to help these students see what college is. I want to continue to do that for others through my work and in the field of student affairs.”