ACPA-College Student Educators International and the magazine Diverse: Issues In Higher Education have awarded UH Hilo’s student affairs division with a 2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs award.
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Division of Student Affairs has once again been recognized nationally for the third year in a row as one of the best places to work.
ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education have awarded UH Hilo’s student affairs division with a 2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs award. ACPA-College Student Educators is a national organization, part of the American College Personnel Association, for student affairs professionals. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is a magazine focusing on news and commentary about issues concerning diversity in American higher education.
The announcement, which will be published in the March 16, 2023 edition of Diverse magazine, recognizes UH Hilo and 26 other schools nationwide. UH Hilo also received this honor in 2019 and 2021.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition from ACPA,” says Chris Holland, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. “As we undergo a new divisional strategic plan, the [Division of Student Affairs] is committed to staying focused on reimagining the student experience and being laser focused on student success.”
The award focuses on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, and uses a web-based survey to examine family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.
“[The division] recognizes that our staff are on the front lines of working with students in their developmental journey and we must be as focused on staff development as well, from making great hires to onboarding to training and development,” says Holland. “I am very proud of the resilience of this team through the pandemic to continue to meet student needs while also staying motivated in our planning efforts.”
“This recognition is reflective of their work and it is my privilege to work alongside such great people committed to students and their success,” Holland adds.