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 
Administrative Associate, IT Center for Excellence and Forestry

301-784-5397
Technology 217

AA, Montgomery College

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

301-784-5112
Humanities 3

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

Renee Conner 
Dean of Student and Legal Affairs

301-784-5206
College Center 152

BA, Washington College
JD, TC, University of Richmond

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 
Human Services Intern

301-784-5558
Allied Health 240

AS, Allegany College of Maryland

Kristin Kehrwald 
Communications Specialist

301-784-5152
Advancement 7

BS, MEd, Frostburg State 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

Tracy Reese 
College and Career Coach Coordinator | Adjunct Faculty, English and Developmental Education

301-784-5370
Humanities 14

BA, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Simmons College

Annette Ritter 
Human Services/Addictions Counseling President, Peace Club Member, Phi Theta Kappa

 
 

 

Shanese Westfall 
Human Resources Generalist

301-784-5231
College Center 168

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

Suzanne Wright 
Advising Specialist and Transfer Coordinator | Adjunct Faculty, Developmental Education

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

Barbara Zuchelli 
Director of Early College

814-445-9848
Somerset, Georgian Place

BA, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
MEd, Frostburg State University
EdD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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