Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

05/15/2012 -- CCAC honors diversity trailblazers at 2012 Vanguard Diversity Awards

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present the fourth annual Vanguard Diversity Awards in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 7 in the Foerster Student Service Center on CCAC–Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, North Shore. Elise R. Yanders, wealth management advisor and vice president for Merrill Lynch, Inc., will be the keynote speaker. 

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 four categories: Individual Trailblazer, College, Organizational and Lifetime Achievement.

2012 honorees include: 

Individual Trailblazer Awardees
Sylvester Pace, president and CEO, NEED, in recognition of his tireless and ongoing efforts in providing educational opportunities to countless numbers of disadvantaged students through NEED’s nationally recognized college access program.  

Scott Lammie, senior vice president and chief financial officer, UPMC, and Susan Lammie, community leader, in recognition of their extensive philanthropic efforts and community service to diverse and disadvantaged populations.  

College Awardees
Jacqueline M. Cavalier, associate professor of History, CCAC–Allegheny Campus, in recognition of her ongoing commitment in providing culturally diverse and relevant educational programming to the CCAC community. 

CCAC Honors Program, accepted by Julia L. Fennell, director and professor of English, CCAC–South Campus, in recognition of the program’s ability to unite students and faculty in the pursuit of academic excellence and leadership development. 

Organizational Awardees
Allegheny Center Alliance Church, accepted by the Rev. Rockwell Dillaman, lead pastor, in recognition of the church’s organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion through its mission to serve a diverse congregation and for services that it provides to the community. 

Giant Eagle, Inc., in recognition of the company’s organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion by building a diverse internal workforce, working with MWDBE suppliers and providing services to disadvantaged students and communities. 

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ralph Proctor, PhD, professor, Ethnic and Diversity Studies, CCAC–Allegheny Campus, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to, and ongoing efforts in, the areas of civil rights, social justice, diversity and inclusion.  


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.