The University of Mississippi has been named as one of the Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Research Institutions for 2015 by the American College Personnel Association and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
This designation, resulting from a study conducted by Ohio State University’s Center for Higher Education Enterprise, honors the commitment by university administration to workplace diversity, equitable staffing practices and supportive work environments.
“It’s so exciting that we’re recognized for these things because they’re all important elements in our work,” said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs. “To have ACPA and Diverse recognize our campus climate and the work that we do is so meaningful and an incredible honor. I’m very proud of the work that we do. We have amazing staff who make incredible things happen on campus, and they do it with such attention to detail, care and love for the students.”
Ole Miss is among two SEC universities selected for this national list of 14 institutions. It is the only Mississippi university on the list.
“This recognition is a testament to the efforts of Dr. Hephner LaBanc and our staff to make our university an inclusive, fair and supportive place to work for all our employees,” Acting Chancellor Morris Stocks said. “Our university is committed to maintaining a rewarding work environment for all employees as they help us further the university’s goals of performing cutting-edge research and also providing our students with a top-flight educational experience.”
The study was conducted using a Web-based survey to examine family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities, among other categories.
“This study yields insight into diversity in the student affairs workplace and offers a useful tool for employers, career services staff and job-seekers across the country,” principal investigator Terrell Strayhorn said. “We hope it continues to serve as a tool for the profession.”
Courtesy of Christina Steube and the Ole Miss News Desk