Dr. Tasha Smith is a tenured professor in the Child Development and Family Studies department at Solano Community College. She is also the Coordinator of the Umoja Program, a program designed to increase the retention, success, graduation, and transfer rates of all students, with a focus on students of African ancestry. Dr. Smith also contributes to the campus community by serving as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council (EIAC), the Student Equity and Success Council, and the Solano Community College Ethnic Minority Coalition, as well as participating on administrative and academic hiring committees.
Prior to joining the faculty at Solano Community College, Dr. Smith worked with Upward Bound and the McNair Scholars program at Stanford University and UC Berkeley assisting underrepresented and disproportionately impacted students as they progressed through the academic pipeline from high school to post-baccalaureate programs. She has also worked as a Trainer and Consultant and has over 20 years of experience working with students from preschool age to adult learners, and in a variety of settings, including the classroom, after school programs, academic enrichment programs and Corporate America.
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Education at Stanford University, with a specialization in Developmental and Psychological Sciences and a minor in Public Policy.