Elon named to list of the ‘Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs’

The recognition by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and ACPA-College Educators International is based on the university’s strong commitment to diversity in student affairs workplaces and staffing practices.

Elon University has been named one of the most promising places to work in student affairs by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, one of only 30 institutions nationwide to be recognized.

The recognition is based on research by the higher education media outlet and ACPA-College Student Educators International, which uses a web-based survey to examine categories that include family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunity as well as other factors. Overall, the research is focused on workplace diversity, staffing practices and the work environment.

“Being named to this list is an external validation of what we already know — the Division of Student Life at Elon has some of the most talented, passionate and dedicated student affairs educators in the nation,” said Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. “Their commitment to students is unparalleled and their work to embrace and uplift a culture of inclusive excellence sets Elon apart.”

The Division of Student Life has played an active role in the university efforts to create a desired working environment. Through intentional enhancement of policies, practices, and professional development, the division and the university have strengthened and advanced workplace culture and the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. A regular cycle of assessing campus climate outcomes and aligning strategic initiatives with those outcomes has been helpful in creating a culture of inclusive excellence for students and employees.

“There is certainly more work to be done to achieve our vision and aspirations, but this recognition can also be an opportunity to reflect on progress and the great work we’ve been doing together,” Dooley said.

Elon was one of only two North Carolina schools to be named to the list, which will be published with an accompanying report in the June 10 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.