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Human Resources

In Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity, we know that the people of our Mastodon community—students, faculty, and staff—are our most important and valuable resource. Therefore, it is essential for us to support them through the positive integration of life and work experiences; to facilitate a diverse and inclusive campus; and to provide valuable knowledge, training, and resources.


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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“I have the best job in the world. It can often be very draining, very emotionally draining, often very mentally draining, but I am able to come in every day and do something that is impactful and has real value and meaning for young people.”
Vic Spencer, Director of The Q Center
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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“It’s very creative, but still very technical, and I think that’s the balance I love about this career. The studio is a great place to be, and inspiring young musicians and producers in a studio, to me, is amazing.”
John Buteyn, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music
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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“Our stories are powerful platforms. I’ll ask a lot of times in leadership classes, ‘What is the outbound ripple of your impact?’ That, to me, is the thing that is going to drive and fuel you to do things you didn’t know you could do.”
Brad Oliver, Chair of the Department of Counseling and Graduate Education
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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“This is more than just being a teacher and a student. It’s about friendship and their health, and also helping each other to be happy, and at the same time learn things and have peace of mind. We’ve all tried to figure out how to have time for our families and everything else we have to do.”
Behin Elahi, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology
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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“Always challenge yourself to navigate through with strength and not look at things from doom and gloom. Ask, ‘What is the lesson I need to learn from this? Where do I need to grow, and what do I need to do?’”
Dimples Smith, Learning and Development Director, HR and Office of Institutional Equity
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Dedicated People, Positive Progress
“I’m a circus ringleader who helps students go from ‘I don’t know’ to ‘I’m ready to grow.’”
Meg Underwood, Director of Professional Development and Outreach, Doermer School of Business
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