Diana McKnight-Morton has held her position as a Washtenaw Community College Trustee since 1994. During those years, she has been a tireless advocate for ensuring the college respects and values diversity on campus.
To recognize McKnight-Morton’s passion and dedication on issues of diversity, she has been appointed as an associate member of the Diversity Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
The ACCT, located in Washington D.C., is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
The Diversity Committee ensures leadership for the involvement of historically underrepresented populations with the governance activities of ACCT. It promotes respect and acceptance of diverse individuals and seeks to increase awareness of educational opportunities for those populations.
“We appreciate Diana McKnight- Morton’s shared commitment to these values and policies, and we welcome and look forward to her contributions to this important committee’s work,” said ACCT Chair Roberto Zarate. “ACCT is committed to policies of inclusiveness to encourage engagement, values, and uniqueness, to celebrate differences and to promote respect for all. The association’s member colleges and the students we represent are as diverse as the population of our nation, and we draw great strength from that diversity.”
“I was so honored when (WCC President) Dr. (Rose) Bellanca announced my appointment at the board of trustees meeting,” said McKnight-Morton. “It is indeed a privilege to be chosen to serve on this prestigious committee with my peers from across the country. I have served as a WCC trustee for 21 years and sincerely believe the diversity in our community and on our campus should be recognized and valued. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and look forward to embarking on this journey.”
Dr. Bellanca said she was “delighted to hear” of McKnight- Morton’s appointment.
“She deserves this honor and our students, faculty and staff will all benefit from her work to foster appreciation and understanding of the opportunities a diverse campus holds,” Bellanca said.
McKnight-Morton’s appointment is for a one-year term. The committee’s first meeting will be held on Feb. 7 at the National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.
CORRECTION: In the August 2015 issue of On The Record, McKnight- Morton was incorrectly recognized for 10 years of service on the Michigan Community College Association Board of Trustees. The correct number is 20 years.
By Susan Ferraro, APR
Director of Media Relations