Division of Student Affairs

2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs. Tags:

UNC Greensboro has been named one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA – College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the first time UNCG has received this recognition. 

With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, the research uses a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits, and professional development opportunities, among others. 

“I am incredibly proud of the Student Affairs team at UNC Greensboro,” said Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “This accolade reflects the work we do every day – in collaboration with so many campus partners – to impact student success. UNCG takes pride in providing access and opportunity to individuals from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. As a university we have excelled at closing the race/ethnicity graduation gap and increasing social mobility. The student affairs educators in our division are focused on reducing students’ barriers and engaging them in meaningful ways. We have a commitment to equity and inclusion, and a strong culture of care that permeates everything we do. This team’s commitment to student well-being and success is unmatched.”

The Division of Student Affairs encourages students to be engaged citizens through enriching their personal and professional development in a diverse and inclusive community of care. It encompasses over 300 employees across 13 departments. The Division excelled last year even amongst the challenges brought on by the pandemic. The Culture of Care initiative led by the Dean of Students Office connected staff with students in quarantine and isolation so that they were provided with resources and felt cared for in their time of need. The SAFE Fund made 725 distributions from April to December 2020 for students in need of immediate one-time assistance with items like rent, food, and utilities. Student Affairs also launched the first year of the iBelong Project, which funded 16 projects providing students opportunities to engage with each other in a primarily digital environment.

UNCG is the only UNC System school on this year’s Most Promising Places honorees. More information can be found on the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education website.