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Holy Names University again named one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine

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(Oakland, CA – February 10, 2022) — Holy Names University’s Student Affairs team has received national recognition from  Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine as one of the 16 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” in 2022. Holy Names University (HNU) has been honored with this distinction three times in the eight years the magazine has published these awards.

The Student Affairs team was rated on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, with attributes such as family friendliness, salary/benefits, and professional development opportunities.  When asked by a reporter from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education how the Holy Names University Student Affairs department sustains a consistently positive and vibrant atmosphere, Dean of Students Nicole Whitner replied, “Because HNU is a small, close-knit community, we do our best to prioritize collegiality and strong interpersonal relationships within the division as well as the greater community. Our work is so intertwined that it becomes just as important to build quality relationships with each other as it is to build them with our students.”

Upon learning of the award, Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Lyndon shared, “I am extremely proud of the work of HNU’s amazing Student Affairs team and our collective commitment to cultivating a just and inclusive environment for students and for one another.”


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit