Dr. McIntosh’s doctoral work focuses on building a better community in which to live, work, and play. Tera McIntosh splits her time between the two cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. When she is in Pittsburgh, she is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective – the city’s only spoken word organization for youth and adults. She is also co-founder of Project Coffeehouse, a nonprofit that launches coffee shops in emerging areas whose revenue is redirected back into the immediate community, and she works in various other communities conducting community/organizational development. During the other half of the week she is Affiliate Faculty at Antioch University in the Online Leadership and Management Department, a co-founder of Gay For Good, a volunteer/service based National nonprofit, and a Program Officer for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition.
Tera is also a nationally ranked slam poet representing the City of Pittsburgh in 2012 in Charlotte, NC, 2013 in Boston, MA, 2015 in Oakland, CA, and 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. Her works can be found in the Steer Queer Zine, as well as the Penhead Press Literary Journal. She sits on the Board of Directors for Angry Cincinnati, OH, and was recently named “Top 5 LGBT Professionals making a better Community” by Quorum Magazine.