Center Staff

Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston, MA, DPA
Director, IDEAS Center

Pronouns I use: She/Ella

Dr. APJ holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation focused on the impacts of higher education policies to support underserved student populations. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts in community counseling from Edinboro University.  As a Mexican-American and First-Generation college student, Angelica appreciates the intersectionality experienced by students and engages students in authentic and meaningful ways to ensure they recognize they belong here at Allegheny and are well supported.  Angelica has presented at several conferences including the 48th annual Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, as well as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2018 Closing the Achievement Gap Conference where her individual workshop as well as the co-presented, pre-conference workshop were featured presentations for the National Center for First-Generation Students. Angelica has a passion for supporting underserved student populations and encouraging students to rise above adversity to achieve success.

Mikka Hunt
Program Coordinator, IDEAS Center

Pronouns I use: She/Her/Hers

Mikka Hunt earned a bachelor of arts from DePauw University in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies.  She has dedicated her professional career to supporting students outside of the classroom and has 10 years of experience in a variety of nonprofits from being a summer camp counselor, Americorps Vista, and Director of Youth Programs for several organizations all across multiple states.  She has experience in developing creative curriculum for a wide range of students coming from various socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. As someone who identifies as Japanese, Caucasian, and Native American, Mikka values the complexities of shaping one’s identity. She is passionate about creating a space that allows students to feel their story can be told and heard.  It is her hope that her dedication to the IDEAS Center will develop supportive relationships with students giving them the courage to further discover their identities, find their passions, and achieve academic success on the Allegheny campus.