Cal Poly Once Again Named One of The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

University Recognized for the Fourth Time Since 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the third straight year — and fourth year since 2017 — Cal Poly has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The university previously earned the distinction in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

“I’m honored to receive this award once again, because it speaks to the continued dedication of our division to create an atmosphere where everyone is valued for who they are and what they bring to the table,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “When we create healthy working conditions for our staff, they can focus on promoting student success. This award only strengthens my resolve to continually implement improvements that establish a workplace that supports, appreciates and recognizes the unique talents and contributions of our amazing staff.”

Cal Poly’s Student Affairs division is among 30 divisions of student affairs throughout the U.S. recognized in 2021 for its commitment toward workplace and staffing practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion; for providing professional development opportunities and family-friendly practices and policies for staff; and other attributes.

All told, Cal Poly is one of four California State University (CSU) campuses to receive the distinction this year, alongside CSU Channel Islands, Humboldt State University and Sonoma State University. Six California universities were honored overall.

“We continue to find innovate ways to help our staff feel like they belong and have a voice,” added Jamie S. Patton, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, diversity and inclusion. “We strive for continuous improvement to ensure that our staff has the opportunities to thrive in their profession, and I believe this recognition affirms our efforts.”

The full list of recognized universities will appear in the June 10 magazine edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Universities will also be honored with a virtual recognition event in June.

About Cal Poly Student Affairs
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 students to live within a safe, healthy, inclusive and supportive environment. For more information, visit

Contact: Diego Abeloos

April 26, 2021

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