Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Student and Teacher


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee exists to promote a community of teaching and learning at ACM where diverse populations are welcomed, their voices are heard, their opinions are valued, and their experiences are validated.

We maintain that:

  • DIVERSITY includes all the ways that people differ, encompassing race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and/or physical appearance.
  • EQUITY means fair treatment for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups. 
  • INCLUSION happens when power is shared, creating environments in which any individual or group can feel valued, respected, supported, and fully able to participate.

We believe that decision-makers, even those with the best intentions, can often use past experiences to make assumptions about others which impact opportunity for marginalized groups. Therefore, it is critical to have multiple points of view included when creating an equitable community.

To see how people’s assumptions impact their decisions, watch this short video Blind Spots.

To see how your assumptions might impact your decision-making, take the Harvard Implicit Association Test.

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DEI Committee Members

Misty Ballou, Co-Chair 
Administrative Associate, IT Center for Excellence and Forestry

301-784-5397
Technology 217

AA, Montgomery College

Tracy Reese, Co-Chair 
College and Career Coach Coordinator | Instructor, English and Developmental Education

301-784-5370
Humanities 14

BA, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Simmons College

June Bracken 
Director of Academic Access & Disability Resources | Instructor, Developmental Education

301-784-5112
Humanities 1

BA, Gordon College
MEd, University of Virginia
EdD, West Virginia University

Connie Clifton 
Dean of Educational Services | Instructor, Business

301-784-5429
Humanities 50

BA, West Virginia University; MBA, Frostburg State University; DEL, University of Charleston

Luanne Cook 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Recruitment and Retention Specialist

301-784-5044
Technology 227

AA, Tidewater Community College; BS, Fairmont State University; MS, University of Maryland Global Campus

Landon Defibaugh 
Student Services and Technology Assistant 

814-652-9528 ext. 1-6201
Bedford Campus, Office 11

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BS, St. Francis University

Jason Gaither 
Clinical Coordinator, Humans Service Associate

301-784-5556
Allied Health 240

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland; B.S., Frostburg State University; M.S.W., Aurora University

Dianne McMahon 
Faculty Director, College to Community Partnership | Associate Professor, Sociology and Civic Engagement 

301-784-5306
Humanities 48

BS, Carlow University
MA, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Brenda Owens RN, FNP-BC 
Professor, Nursing

301-784-5584
Allied Health 269

AA, Allegany College of Maryland; BSN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, University of Pittsburgh

Melinda Thoele 
Advising Specialist

301-784-5242
College Center 141-B

AA, Lincoln Land Community College, BS, University of Illinois at Springfield; MS, St.Louis University

Shanese Westfall 
Human Resources Generalist

301-784-5231
College Center 177

AA, Potomac State College
BS, West Virginia University
MS, Capella University

Mihaela Wood 
Dean of Arts and Sciences

301-784-5301
Humanities 6

BA, MA, University of Bucharest;
MA, PhD, University of Illinois

Suzanne Wright 
Transfer Coordinator, Advising Center

301-784-5204
College Center 141B

BA, University of Maryland Baltimore County;
MA, University of Minnesota

Erin Yokum 
Director of Student Life

301-784-5205
College Center 160

BA, Lebanon Valley College
MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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