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Men of Merit Initiative (MMI)

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 of color. The program is open to all CCAC students and 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.

CCAC's Men of Merit Initiative seeks to:

  • develop strong multicultural male student leadership;
  • increase engagement in the college experience;
  • increase retention rates;
  • increase academic productivity;
  • and promote service learning.

MMI at the Campuses and Centers

Each CCAC campus location will have a campus lead who will serve as the primary organizer for the Men of Merit Initiative at his/her respective location. For more information or to join the Men of Merit Initiative, contact a campus lead or the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at 412.237.4430.

Allegheny Campus

Boyce Campus

North Campus

South Campus

Jose Garcia

Miles Hines

Vlad St. Surin
Homewood-Brushton Center

Mark Ellison

Devin Patterson

Ben Shaffer

Sean Thomas
Contact for West Hills Center

Ben Shaffer
Contact for West Hills Center

Ben Williams
Contact for Braddock Hills

Meetings: Contact lead for meeting times and locations.

Meetings: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Time TBD (Room 480N)

Meetings: Every other Tuesday at 12:00pm (Room 2017)

Meetings: Contact lead for meeting times and locations