Walker-McCain to Lead Mahoning Children Services Diversity Office

YOUNGSTOWN Mahoning County Children Services has announced the selection of Nancy Walker-McCain as the agency’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer. 

Over 100 candidates applied for the new position that was officially created in June 2020. A selection review committee comprised of Mahoning County Children Services board members and staff supervised the entire selection process. 

“The agency has been planning for this position for over two years. This new position is key to implementing the diversity, equity and inclusion plan. This plan serves as the guide to how we view, assess, promote, measure and advance diversity, equity and inclusion into virtually every aspect of our work,” says Randall B. Muth, executive director. 

Walker-McCain is pursuing a doctorate and holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from John Carroll University, an MBA from Point Park University and a master’s in community counseling from Malone University. She has instructed future case managers, case workers and social workers attending Eastern Gateway Community College, Youngstown State University, Kent State University and Penn State University. Walker-McCain has been a resident of Mahoning County for more than 27 years. 

“My ultimate goal for this position is to have MCCS represent and mitigate marginalized individuals who are within our agency as well as those we serve,” she says. 

In June 2020, in the wake of local and national civil unrest events, Mahoning County Children Services Board re-affirmed to its staff, stakeholders and the community its commitment to social justice. The agency added a new social justice information and resource page on its website to help families address, explain and foster social justice discussions with children.

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