Community Connector: Lina Dostilio

September 10, 2019

Moving around a bit in their early life has connected Lina Dostilio to the concept of space and place, particularly as it relates to community engagement and Dostilio’s work within that framework. A self-described hard worker, Dostilio thinks deeply about how to build relationships between and among folks in the community and those engaged in an academic university. A lover of “bizarre British television,” cooking, and her family, Lina balances long workdays with finding joy off the clock.

About Dostilio:

Lina Dostilio, EdD is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement in the Office of Community and Governmental Relations at the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for supporting community-facing work at Pitt that includes community relations, cultivating strategic opportunities to advance Pitt’s community engagement agenda, and implementing the University’s place-based community engagement initiative through the development of neighborhood-based community engagement centers.


Key Highlights:

  • 2:44 Influence of family as hard workers
  • 5:00 What having a good day means to Lina
  • 7:19 College courses in race and class start to carve a path
  • 8:06 Why the practical Doctor of Education (EdD) degree?
  • 10:42 Place and space are highly important to Lina
  • 13:23 Cliff notes version of Lina’s book about community engagement
  • 15:09 The community engagement and university relationship
  • 16:17 Different kinds of space: Open, closed and invited
  • 21:01 Balancing family and work life
  • 24:53 “Bizarre British television”
  • 26:50 One word Lina uses to describe themselves