Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at CCAC

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) 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 and an advisement and consulting office that provides opportunity for dialogue, education and support on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. The office works toward 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 & Inclusion leads the Community College of Allegheny County 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.

Diversity Dictionary

To learn more about diversity terms, take a look at our Diversity Dictionary.

Diversity Dictionary


Strategic Plan

To learn more about our strategic plan, click below.

Strategic Plan

Women on a Mission

The Women on a Mission retention program is designed to positively impact the college experience of female students by exposing them to:

  • Campus resources and information sharing
  • Speakers
  • CCAC staff, faculty and administrator mentors
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
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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.

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Employee Resource Groups

Women's Council embraces culture, learning and professional development. It strives to foster an environment of mutual respect and collaboration 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.

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Did You Know?

Today, more than 55% of marginalized identities and those who identify as women in higher education attend community colleges. This presence is important with respect to future workforce needs and the role of the more than 1,200 community colleges nationwide in preparing this workforce.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) at CCAC facilitates Black History Month events, Kwanzaa celebrations and 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.

LGBTQ+ Clubs

The LGBTQ+ clubs at CCAC provide an engaging community for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies while uniting the community via fellowship and Pride festivities.

International Clubs

CCAC has a wide variety of international clubs that are welcoming forums for 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 collaborating to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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