PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present the second annual Vanguard Diversity Awards in a ceremony at 5 p.m. June 9 in the Student Services Center on Allegheny campus (808 Ridge Ave., North Shore).
The Vanguard Diversity Awards are given annually to individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, vision or service in promoting diversity and inclusion in Allegheny County and the greater Pittsburgh area. Nominees are identified in three categories: Individual Trailblazer, College and Organizational.
2010 honorees include:
Bill Flanagan, executive vice president for corporate relations, Allegheny Conference, was selected for his work with corporate America to establish relations that benefit the region and specifically his work with the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.
Amanda Green Hawkins, Allegheny County Council member, introduced legislation to create a non-discrimination law and human relations commission for Allegheny County. She has done extensive legislative work in human rights throughout the United States.
Tim Stevens, founder and chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), was selected for championing the causes of civil rights and his activism in the area of social justice.
Mike Cvetic, assistant director of purchasing, CCAC, was selected for his development of and adherence to fair practice policies and procedures at the college along with his knowledge and support of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBE) policies.
Tara Zirkel, director of student life, CCAC–South campus, was selected for her commitment to providing culturally diverse and relevant educational and entertainment programming to the CCAC community.
Candi Castlebury-Singleton, chief inclusion & diversity officer, UPMC, was selected for her strategic work in constructing lasting inclusion practices in the workforce, workplace and marketplace.
George Miles, president and CEO, WQED Multimedia, was selected for years of investment in organizations, service on various boards and exceptional work in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Robert Nelkin, president and chief professional officer, United Way of Allegheny County, was selected for his dedication and commitment in human services leadership positions with the University of Pittsburgh and with various county and state offices. He has also worked extensively for the prevention of violence against youth.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.