Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall Speaker Series concludes this week with Carmen A. Anderson

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Carmen Anderson - MMIPITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will conclude the Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by Carmen A. Anderson, director of Equity and Social Justice at the Heinz Endowments. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.

Anderson leads efforts to address social injustice and inequity in communities served by the Endowments. She is responsible for organizational development as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity, including the creation of guiding principles for the foundation and learning opportunities for staff and grantees. Anderson has a master's degree in mental health, a bachelor's degree in mass and interpersonal communications and certificates in nonprofit management, business administration and victim services. She received the U.S. Department of Human Services Commissioners Award for outstanding service in the field.

The Fall Speaker Series is a collaboration of CCAC's Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission. The series features presentations by outstanding Pittsburgh leaders on how to achieve personal and professional success in the 21st century. Held on CCAC's Allegheny Campus, this series is designed to inspire students and members of the college community to embrace opportunities, achieve goals and, in turn, inspire others.

Entering its fourth year, CCAC's Men of Merit Initiative is a student program that focuses on increasing the retention, engagement and academic success of male students of color. The program is open to all students and is comprised of meetings and activities whereby mentors offer support and endow students with critical insight into how to persevere, overcome barriers, and achieve academic and life success as African-American males in the 21st century.

CCAC's Women on a Mission retention program is an eight-week program designed to positively impact the college experience of female students of color by exposing them to campus resources and information sharing; speakers; CCAC staff, faculty and administrator mentors; and professional and personal development opportunities.

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