ODEI Student Resources

CCAC's campuses and centers offer many opportunities for students of all backgrounds and identities to explore career paths, reflect on experiences, and adjust to life in college. The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion collaborates with the offices of Student Life, Career Services, Counseling, and the Perkins Grant to present events and longer-term programs.



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
  • Speakers
  • CCAC staff, faculty, and administrator mentors
  • Professional and personal development opportunities


Women on a Mission's Success

After WOM's first semester, 78 percent of participants were retained. Five of those students graduated with either a CCAC degree or certificate, and several students were accepted to four-year schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Chatham University, and Florida State University. Other high points experienced by some WOM participants include induction into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Psi Beta Psychology National Honor Society and attending a regional conference of the National Council on Black American Affairs in New Jersey.


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.

Men of Merit Initiative seeks to:

  • Develop strong multicultural male student leadership
  • Increase engagement in the college experience
  • Increase retention rates
  • Increase academic productivity
  • Promote service learning