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Tiko Hardy


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Dr. Tiko Hardy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Assistant Professor at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and Newman University Graduate School of Social Work. In addition to working as a full-time faculty member, she serves as a Professional Development Coordinator for the Center for Excellent Teaching and Learning (CETL) and is responsible for the Adjunct Advancement Program, at PPCC. Dr. Hardy serves both colleges, and El Paso County by utilizing her extensive skills to facilitate dialogue between human service providers, law enforcement and individuals who live in under-resourced communities. As a Scholar/Practitioner her goal is to help people work together as they learn to respect the differences of others. She is known amongst leaders within the community for her “objective” leadership approach when facilitating training and dialogue on controversial topics, related to social injustice. Outside of academia, Dr. Hardy works as a mental health clinician for the El Paso County Jail where she is responsible for conducing suicide risk assessments for inmates. Dr. Hardy’s personal journey of growing up in poverty has taken her from GED to Doctorate. She believes that her service to the community is about helping to provide a voice for marginalized and under-resourced populations. Dr. Hardy grew up in generational poverty and has lived in some extremely challenging environments. Her life experiences solidifies her commitment to the profession of social work which emboldens the core values of service to others, social justice, dignity and self-worth of individuals, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. Dr. Hardy sits on the Minority Overrepresentation Committee for the 4th Judicial Division and spent here years as the Chair of the Self- Sufficiency and Needs Assessment Committee for Tri-Lakes Cares (TLC), in Monument Colorado. TLC is a private organization dedicated to improving people’s lives through emergency, self-sufficiency and relief programs. She also teaches in the community, Bridges out of Poverty and Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, curriculum used to teach professional and non-professional individuals to build relationships based on mutual respect. Dr. Hardy is often requested to sit on community panes, as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to homelessness, criminal justice reform and poverty. Dr. Hardy is involved in all levels of social work but she has taken particular interest in macro-level practice to include issues on social policy and programs; High Impact Practices in Higher Education (HIPs); civic and community engagement; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) - Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Master’s in Social Work (MSW) - Clinical Studies, Certificate in Interpersonal Trauma
  • Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) – Generalist Practice

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