Men of Merit Initiative Fall Speaker Series continues this week with K. Chase Patterson at CCAC Allegheny Campus

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will continue the Men of Merit Initiative Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by K. Chase Patterson, chief executive officer of Urban Academy, a K-5 elementary charter school in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus. As an active member of the community, Patterson has been instrumental in shepherding black millennial leaders into roles of power throughout the region.

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:

  •  Oct. 4: K. Chase Patterson, chief executive officer, Urban Academy K-5 (KLI Building, Room 520)
  •  Oct. 18: The Honorable Austin A. Davis, Pa. State Representative, District 35 (West Hall, Room 142)
  •  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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