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Cal Poly Earns Sixth 'Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs' Recognition

Contact: Diego Abeloos
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University is One of Just 27 Nationally and Three in California to Receive Honor

SAN LUIS OBISPO — ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently named Cal Poly one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for the sixth time.
The university is among 27 institutions of higher learning to receive the honor in 2023. Of those, Cal Poly is also one of three California universities recognized, alongside UC Riverside and California State University, ­Channel Islands.

This year’s honorees were recognized for their focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, which includes key attributes like family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

“I am once again honored to receive this award on behalf of our division because it is a direct reflection of our daily work to create a welcoming, inclusive environment,” said Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly’s vice president for student affairs. “This award is possible because we have amazing staff who are motivated to help each other succeed through our shared values of teamwork, mutual respect and of course, our work in helping students achieve their goals.”

Among other things, the division has, since 2019, provided ACPA membership to staff members to support their professional development. In addition, the division offers professional development grants to support access to education and training opportunities for staff, as well as flexible work time to participate in faculty- and staff-led affinity groups on campus.

“It’s my honor to be a part of a division that not only recognizes staff for who there are but also for what they bring to the table to support their colleagues,” said Jamie S. Patton, assistant vice president for student affairs, diversity and inclusion. “We remain committed to fostering a workplace culture of care for one another and the students who count on us.”
This year’s award recipients will be recognized on March 27 at the annual American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) meeting in New Orleans. Awardees will also be recognized in the March 16, 2023, magazine edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

About Cal Poly Student Affairs

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