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February 23, 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly, recognized as a leader in workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, is among the 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.
The university, selected from hundreds of higher-education institutions across the nation, was honored as one of the 18 best schools for taking intentional steps to make the Cal Poly workplace a more diverse and inclusive environment.
“I am incredibly Cal Poly Proud to have our division named on this prestigious list,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “This recognition reflects all the hard work that goes on every day to create a workplace environment that allows us to bring our best selves toward enhancing student success.”
Humphrey noted that the division continues to make great strides to increase diversity and opportunities for employees, while working to ensure a welcoming campus environment for all. He added that Student Affairs is committed to working with its partners to seek additional solutions that enhance the campus community.
“This recognition is received after a review of workplace diversity, staffing practices and the work environment, including categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional-development opportunities,” Humphrey added. “I look forward to continuing to advance the quality of life for our staff and students in the years to come.”
The complete findings will be published in the March 23 edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The report is the result of a partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University and the ACPA — College Student Educators International.
This is the first time Cal Poly submitted its division for nomination and won the award.
Humphrey joined Student Affairs in December 2012 as head of one of the largest divisions on campus, delivering innovative co-curricular learning experiences that directly impact student recruitment, retention and graduation rates.
He is responsible for securing the funding, staffing, facilities and planning to successfully operate a division with more than 30 departments and 400 staff. The vice president is also responsible for the care and well-being for more than 21,000 students, while also assisting some 42,000 parents and supporters, and 185,000 alumni.
The list of 18 most promising places to work in Student Affairs also includes: California State University, Channel Islands; College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia); Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York); The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio); Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Jersey); and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia).
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