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CCAC reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial equity

Ethnic & Diversity Studies programPITTSBURGH—During this challenging time, the Community College of Allegheny County reaffirms its unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion and the dignity of all individuals. CCAC has a long history of supporting social and racial justice efforts, and the college’s leaders applaud all individuals who have taken a stand to peacefully voice their desire for positive change—both here in the U.S. and around the world. A significant component of CCAC’s vision is predicated on honoring and embracing diversity by creating a welcoming, inclusive college culture that respects individual differences and values the unique experiences and perspectives of all students, faculty and staff.
 
CCAC’s Ethnic & Diversity Studies program, based at Allegheny Campus and the Homewood-Brushton Center, is designed to enable individuals to explore and understand differences based on age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental ability. The program includes instruction on how to think and write critically about race, class and ethnicity in social and historical contexts. Developed and taught by CCAC Professor Ralph Proctor, the program is especially timely and is ideal for individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and awareness of issues surrounding the interdependent, global and multicultural workplace. One of his fundamental courses, History of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement, examines the movement in Pittsburgh, starting with a brief overview of racial conditions in the United States, with special emphasis on the groups involved in seeking racial equality in Pittsburgh.
 
Proctor, a well-known and highly respected civil rights historian who holds a doctorate in History from the University of Pittsburgh, hosted several long-running TV and radio programs, including WQED’s “Black Horizons.” According to Proctor, employers are increasingly looking for graduates with cultural competency skills. And it is through a program like CCAC’s that students have the opportunity to explore cultural differences in an open and honest atmosphere, where students are free to ask questions they might not ordinarily ask.
 
“The courses taught under the banner of Ethnic and Diversity Studies are needed more now than when the division was first created,” stated Proctor. “Recent events that have taken place in our country have caught the attention of the world in an unflattering way. Demonstrations about these events show us that the world is questioning our leadership as a welcoming nation that treats all people equally. We must dedicate ourselves to removing the last vestiges of racism from America. When we truly embrace our differences and learn to value one another—when we learn to sing each other’s songs and dance each other’s dances—the world will be a better place.”
 
For more information about CCAC’s Ethnic & Diversity Studies program, click here.