Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

05/27/2011 -- CCAC introduces 2011 Vanguard Diversity Award winners

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present the third annual Vanguard Diversity Awards in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 9 in the Foerster Student Service Center on CCAC–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.

2011 honorees include:

Individual Trailblazer Awardees
Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives, Pittsburgh Pirates, in recognition of his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, as an advocate for people with disabilities and as a mentor to countless individuals

Sunil Wadhwani, CEO and co-founder, iGATE Corporation, in recognition of his commitment to diversifying the regional workforce, including development of innovative recruitment and retention strategies as board chair of Vibrant Pittsburgh

College Awardees
One College…One Community Program, in recognition of the committee’s efforts to create events designed to promote literacy, open dialogue, race relations and social justice issues

Cheryl Graham, professor of anthropology, CCAC–North Campus, in recognition of her efforts to provide culturally diverse and relevant educational programming to the CCAC community and CCAC–North Campus students

Organizational Awardees
Pittsburgh Penguins, in recognition of its commitment to providing scholarships to disadvantaged and inner city youth to enable them to improve their personal circumstances and professional opportunities

Youth Places, in recognition of its invaluable services to disadvantaged and at-risk youth, from providing afterschool academic enrichment and recreational programs, employment opportunities, leadership training and mentoring


About CCAC
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.