Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CCAC
The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is the central overseeing body of all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion including Title IX and Civil Rights compliance, for the Community College of Allegheny County. In addition, ODEI is a resource, advisement, and consulting office that provides opportunity for dialogue, education and support on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The office works towards increasing the capacity of the institution as a culturally relevant and inclusive college for all while holding the college accountable for upholding the Five Commitments and creating a more socially just and inclusive campus for students, faculty, staff and employees.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion provides intentional support through education, knowledge building, professional development, fair and impartial civil rights complaint resolutions, and community engagement. Through a lens of social justice, ODEI upholds the Five Commitments of CCAC to create a more inclusive and socially just college providing access for all while preparing individuals to succeed in a complex global society.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) leads the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) as an exemplary model of integrated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work for community colleges across the nation. Through cross-divisional collaborative work, ODEI helps build institutional capacity for a more inclusive college for all with a focus on social justice and access. ODEI champions the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recognizing that in order to achieve institutional success for students, the college must become a more inclusive community that values the educational process, educates, and prepares students to navigate life after college.
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Women on a Mission
The Women on a Mission (WOM) retention program is designed to positively impact the college experience of female students by exposing them to:
- Campus resources and information-sharing
- CCAC staff, faculty, and administrator mentors
- Professional and personal development opportunities
Men of Merit Initiative
The Community College of Allegheny County Men of Merit Initiative or MMI is a student program that focuses on increasing the retention, campus/community engagement and academic success of male students. The program is a collaborative effort with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The program includes frequent meetings to help mentors provide support and endow students with critical insight on how to persevere, overcome barriers and achieve academic and life success.Learn More
Employee Resource Groups
Women's Council embraces culture, learning, and professional development. It strives to foster an environment of mutual respect and collaborations with departments and committees within the college while establishing liaisons with external agencies and organizations that further the goals of the College and women at the College.
Fostering Your Success
The mission of Fostering Your Success is to provide a welcoming, supportive environment for students with experiences in foster care settings, group home settings, kinship care and emancipation.Learn More
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union (BSU) at CCAC facilitates Black History Month events, Kwanzaa celebrations, and features open mic talent shows. The BSU commits to the needs, concerns, and issues of African American and other minority constituents as it relates to the academic and social needs that these groups encounter.
The LGBTQ+ clubs at CCAC provide an engaging community for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies while uniting the community via fellowship, pride festivities.
CCAC has a wide variety of international clubs that are welcoming forums of students who understand and appreciate our multitude of ethnicities and cultures.
Disability Advocacy Clubs
CCAC has disability advocacy clubs with the goal of creating a sense of belonging for students with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities and collaborate to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives.
″As a community college, it is imperative that we meet the needs of the community we serve. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is at the heart of the work that we do to intentionally provide access to all those that seek educational opportunities.″
Meet Your Diversity & Inclusion Staff
ODEI champions broadly-defined diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the College to improve learning, innovation and service for our students, faculty, staff and community.
Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston, DPA
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Ketwana D. Schoos, EdD
Civil Rights Compliance Officer & Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Rhena McCaskill, MA
Director of International Education & Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Aaliyah Coleman, BS
Student Engagement Coordinator/Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Make a Civil Rights/Title IX Report
CCAC maintains an online reporting system to receive reports of civil rights violations, including reported incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, which can be accessed by clicking below.Submit a Report