Holy Names University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868. Holy Names, an academic community committed to the full development of each student, off ers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world.
Vice President Michael Miller leads the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, comprised
of 56 full-time and two part-time staff members across many departments, including the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, Orientation, Health and Wellness, the Student Success Center and International Student Services, to name a few.
Miller shares that the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Holy Names employs a core values
audit and has an abiding commitment to dialogue as a tool for growth and collective understanding. Using staff development sessions that bring together all student aff airs staff members, “graduate assistants, professional staff , [and] administrative staff ,” Holy Names employs an intentional technique that allows them to “engage each other to develop an understanding of what we do, how well we do things, how we know what we are doing is working, has an impact … all of this together leads to a deep understanding of the institution’s core values [of hospitality, student and staff success, and diversity] and the manifestation of those values.”
Whether listening to discussions of how the physical landscape of the campus encourages walks and “moments of refl ection connected to [Holy Names’s] faith tradition” or how the diversity of the student aff airs staff refl ects the diversity of the student body and larger San Francisco Bay area, it is easy to feel the community enjoyed by staff members at Holy Names.
Keegan Mills, director of the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, posits that Holy Names works toward inclusion through its “radical hospitality.” She adds, “If we’re talking about inclusion, I believe hospitality is a part of that. How we welcome new members, how we welcome people with open arms, but not just meet them where they’re at but also walk with them, guide them to their next step and learn from them reciprocally … it’s an exchange that’s mutually benefi cial.” Intentionally developing opportunities for purposeful engagement across a diverse staff and campus community is what makes Holy Names one of this year’s “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.”
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