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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

ODEI Mission Statement

ODEI champions broadly-defined diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the College to improve learning, innovation and service for our students, faculty, staff and community.

Angelica Perez-Johnston, DPA
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer 

Sharon J. Gregory-Brown 
Senior Secretary

Ketwana D. Schoos, EdD
Civil Rights Compliance Officer & Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator

Alyssa Pietropaolo, JD
Civil Rights Investigator

Rhena McCaskill, MA
Director of International Education & Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)

Aaliyah Coleman, BS
Student Engagement Coordinator & Diversity and Inclusion Specialist


MWDBE Business Enterprise Policy

MBE/WBE PARTICIPATION: CCAC encourages the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in all of its contracts and is committed to providing maximum opportunities for qualified minority and/or women-owned business enterprises ("MBE/WBEs") to participate in its work. Bidder agrees (1) if qualified, to take reasonable and timely steps to obtain appropriate certification (as, for example, from the National Minority Supplier Development Council or the Women's Business Enterprise National Council) as an MBE and/or WBE, (2) to ensure that MBE and/or WBEs are appropriately considered as subcontractors and/or suppliers under this Agreement; and (3) to report moneys spent for MBE and/or WBE subcontractors and/or suppliers for work as CCAC may from time to time reasonably request. CCAC’s goal for MBE/WBE participation is 15%. Please provide documentation as to your firm’s good faith effort to reach this goal by describing all applicable details of MBE/WBE participation that may be included in the resulting agreement.

CCAC Nondiscrimination Policy

The College does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination against any individual based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, use of a service animal due to disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran status, age or other classification protected by applicable law in matters of admissions, employment, services or in the educational programs or activities that it operates. Harassment that is based on any of these characteristics, whether in verbal, physical, or visual form, constitutes a form of prohibited discrimination. This includes harassing conduct which affects tangible job benefits, unreasonably interferes with an individual's academic or work performance, or which creates what a reasonable person would perceive to be an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment. 

Employees, students, third-party vendors and guests may report conduct that is believed to be in violation of this Policy or applicable law by contacting the College s Office of Human Resources, the Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance Officer or such other officials as may be designated in other Board policies or administratively issued regulations and procedures. The College prohibits and will not engage in retaliation against any person who in good faith reports a violation of this Policy, provides information in an investigation of a potential violation, or otherwise engages in protected activity under the law.

Reporting Violations

CCAC maintains an online reporting system to receive reports of civil rights violations, including reported incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, which can be accessed by clicking HERE. This system may be utilized to submit a report anonymously.  However, please be aware that the College’s ability to address misconduct reported anonymously may be limited.   All reports electronically submitted using the online form are routed directly to the College’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer.  Individuals may also contact the College’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator at 412-237-4430 to file a report, request interim measures or support, or to learn more about the College’s investigative process. Additional information regarding the College’s reporting and investigative processes is set forth in the College’s Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Response Procedure.

The College expressly prohibits retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports a civil rights violation or provides information in connection with the College’s investigation of a report.  Please also note that individuals who make a good faith report of sexual harassment or sexual violence will not be subject to disciplinary action under College policies or regulations if it is determined that the alleged victim and/or individual who submitted the report was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the reported incident.