About Us

Justin Adkins
Associate Dean, Director of the IDEAS Center
Unusual Combinations: Transgender / Racial Justice Organizer / Motorcycle Enthusiast

Justin is originally from San Diego, CA and has lived all over the world including Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, Vermont, Zimbabwe, and India. Justin has over 20 years of experience in life coaching, leadership and social justice based education in not-for-profit, educational, and religious organizations. Justin is passionate about learning and liberal arts education. He earned both his bachelor’s and masters degrees from Marlboro College in Vermont and came to Allegheny after working for eight years at the Williams College Davis Center. If Justin isn’t at work you will probably find him on one of his motorcycles, fly-fishing or organizing his community to fight racism and injustice.


Darnell Epps
Associate Director
Unusual Combinations: Music / Education Advocate / Running

Darnell, a native of Baltimore, MD, understands Allegheny’s concept of unusual combinations. While most of his formal training is in music, he decided to go a different route in order to pursue his personal goal of becoming an advocate for education. He majored in music education as an undergraduate at Lebanon Valley College. Upon graduation, he was invited out west to Washington State University to teach piano and complete his graduate degree. Education has long been a passion for him and although music education is no longer his full-time vocation, he is proud to be working within higher education where he is able to help students attain their educational goals. He especially enjoys all of the great students he gets to work with here at Allegheny. When not working, Darnell likes to watch movies, run, and spend quality time with friends and family.