Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Recognized by National Industry Association

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has named Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs, as its 2019 Innovative Practice Award recipient.

The award honors student affairs practitioners for their innovative approach to creating co-curricular experiences that positively impact students.

“I am honored to receive this award from my fellow colleagues and peers in student affairs,” said Humphrey, who served as ACPA president from 2012-13. “This award is not possible without our fantastic Student Affairs team, which helps create life-changing experiences that allow our students to learn and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.”

Humphrey was recognized by ACPA for his transformative work, including:

— Enhancing education during Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome that addresses the dangers of alcohol poisoning.

— Launching WITH US, the Center for Bystander Intervention at Cal Poly, a research center that promotes bystander interventions by students during situations that involve sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence; alcohol misuse, illegal drug use and other prescription drug abuse; hate, bias and discrimination; and hazing. WITH US established its roots through the work of Aware Awake Alive, a national alcohol poisoning prevention and education nonprofit created by Cal Poly donors Scott and Julia Starkey.

— Demonstrating leadership during the construction and opening of the yakʔitʸutʸu first-year housing community, named in honor of the indigenous peoples of San Luis Obispo County, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribe.

— Establishing the donor-supported Cal Poly Cares Program, through the generosity of Cal Poly Foundation Board members. The program provides emergency grants to students who cannot afford expenses critical to their success at Cal Poly, including housing and meals, academic supplies and materials, personal care items, professional clothing and unplanned emergencies.

— Relationship-building and policy advocacy efforts as co-chair of the City-University-Community College Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Task Force in San Luis Obispo.

Humphrey was also honored for practicing transparency in his work and for establishing a divisionwide employee recognition program. He will be formally recognized March 4 at the 2019 ACPA national convention in Boston.

About American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
The American College Personnel Association is a national comprehensive student affairs association headquartered in Washington, D.C., at the National Center for Higher Education. Founded in 1924, it has more than 7,000 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions across the U.S. and internationally. Visit

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

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Feb. 5, 201

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February 5, 2019

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