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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee

ACM NAACP College Chapter formation in progress. Chapter to be finalized in May!

Do you have questions or would you like to join the Chapter? Please email ACM Youth and College Advisor, and NAACP 7007 Branch Secretary Misty Ballou @  


Student and Teacher

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Justice 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 Suite 217, IT Center for Excellence and Computer Technology, NAACP ACM Youth and College Chapter Advisor

Technology 217

AA, Montgomery College BS, Central State University

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

Humanities 14

BA, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Simmons College

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

Humanities 1

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

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 Co-Chair 
Clinical Coordinator, Human Service Associate

Allied Health 240

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

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

Humanities 48

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

Brenda Owens RN, FNP-BC 
Professor, Nursing

Allied Health 269

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

Shanese Westfall 
Human Resources Generalist

College Center 168

AA, Potomac State College; BS, West Virginia University; MS, Capella University; SHRM-CP

Mihaela Wood 
Dean of Arts and Sciences

Humanities 6

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

Erin Yokum 
Director of Student Life

College Center 160

BA, Lebanon Valley College
MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Michelle Cosner, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Allied Health 204

BS, University of Phoenix; MS, Regis College Massachusetts

Alex Grimm 
Instructor Occupational Therapist Assistant

Allied Health 234

AAS, Allegany College of Maryland; BS, University of Cincinnati

Lisa Humbertson 
Instructor Medical Administrative Assistant /Medical Assistant

Allied Health 124

AAS, Allegany College of Maryland; BS, Southern New Hampshire University

Tina Verba 
Lead Success & Career Coach

College Center 141C

BA, Slippery Rock University; MS, Capella University

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