Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall Speaker Series continues this week with Representative Austin A. Davis

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

MenofMerit.jpgPITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will continue the Men of Merit Initiative Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by the Honorable Austin A. Davis, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 35. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.

Davis' career in politics dates to his time as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, when he was hired as a legislative intern by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Post-college, Davis accepted a position with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, serving as an executive assistant in the county executive's office. Davis currently serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Housing Authority board of commissioners.

Outside of this role, Davis is actively involved and currently serving as the vice chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, as well as on the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh; The Consortium for Public Education; Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh; and Auberle.

The Fall Speaker Series is a collaboration of CCAC's Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission. The series features presentations by outstanding Pittsburgh leaders on how to achieve personal and professional success in the 21st century. Held on CCAC's Allegheny Campus, this series is designed to inspire students and members of the college community to embrace opportunities, achieve goals and, in turn, inspire others.

The series, held on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., will feature the following speakers:

  • Nov. 1: Sheila Brown, owner/founder, The Barber's Inn (West Hall, Room 142)
  • Nov. 15: Maria Anderson, director, National Community Programs, Highmark Health (West Hall Room 142)
  • Nov. 29: Carmen Anderson, director, Equity and Social Justice, The Heinz Endowments (West Hall, Room 142)

Entering its fourth year, CCAC's Men of Merit Initiative is a student program that focuses on increasing the retention, engagement and academic success of male students of color. The program is open to all students and is comprised of meetings and activities whereby mentors offer support and endow students with critical insight into how to persevere, overcome barriers, and achieve academic and life success as African-American males in the 21st century.

CCAC's Women on a Mission retention program is an eight-week program designed to positively impact the college experience of female students of color by exposing them to campus resources and information-sharing; speakers; CCAC staff, faculty and administrator mentors; and professional and personal development opportunities.

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