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Cal Poly Named a Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs for 2019

January 28, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have again named Cal Poly one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2019. The university previously earned the distinction in 2017.

Cal Poly was selected from hundreds of higher education institutions across the country to receive the award for its focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and workplace environment. Additional categories included family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

“I’m honored to receive this amazing award on behalf of our division,” said Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs. “This is an award for every person in Student Affairs and all of our partners throughout the university who have made this possible. I am proud of our Student Affairs staff for the work they do every day and for their efforts to create an environment that is welcoming, safe and equitable for all.”

Humphrey said the university and division are committed to working toward additional solutions that improve the campus community and the lives of the individuals who live and work at Cal Poly.

“Our community and its people are our most important assets,” Humphrey said. “I’m excited by the work we’ve already done and even more so by the important work that lies ahead as we continue to improve our campus climate.”

Cal Poly is one of three California State University (CSU) campuses to receive the national award this year, along with CSU Channel Islands and Sonoma State University. The complete findings will be published in the March 7 magazine edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The list of 20 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs also includes: Bowling Green State University, Brevard College, College of William & Mary, James Madison University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Rhode Island College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Saint Louis University, Samuel Merritt University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University-Columbus, University of Hawaii-Hilo, University of Maryland- Baltimore, University of Vermont, University of West Georgia, Virginia Tech, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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Cal Poly’s Student Affairs supports student success through the Cal Poly experience by promoting Learn by Doing opportunities, delivering student-centered programs, encouraging personal growth, and empowering our students to live within a safe, healthy, inclusive and supportive environment. For more information, visit


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