Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston (she/ella), Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Community College of Allegheny County, earned her Doctorate in Public Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where her research focused on the holistic approach to interventions to support systemically marginalized students to increase retention and persistence to graduation. She has presented her findings at several national and local conferences including the NASPA First-Generation Student Success Conference where her work was a First-Gen Forward featured presentation.
Prior to her tenure at CCAC, Dr. APJ has held positions in diversity and intentional student support in both small private liberal arts institutions as well as within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Her most notable and recent accomplishments include creation and implementation of a strategic plan for the IDEAS Center at Allegheny College, creation and implementation of an umbrella advising model for affinity student organizations as well as design, implementation and advisement of the Intercultural Advocates, a student led peer to peer educational, support, and mentorship program.
Dr. APJ has facilitated workshops and trainings for faculty, staff and students on various DEI related topics including racial identity development, unconscious bias, white privilege and allyship. As evidenced by her most recent recognition from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA), earning the Mena Valdez Latinx Inclusion Award, she takes pride in creating inclusive and expansive spaces where folks from intersecting identities can feel as though they belong.
Dr. APJ has also earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an Associates Degree in Business Management/Paralegal Studies from the Bradford School of Business. Her professional endeavors have brought her to a place of appreciation for her bi-cultural and intersecting identities and a greater understanding of the barriers to success for systemically marginalized populations. Through her passions for research and strategic planning, she engages in action oriented strategies to create a more inclusive campus community as well as partnering with local community organizations and bringing the spirit of intentional collaboration to life.