Press Release

June 20, 2017

Community College of Allegheny County Civility Ambassadors Receives CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2017 HR Innovation Award. The team received the award for its We Are Civility/Civility Ambassadors program. CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to CCAC’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the HR team’s choice.

In order to promote an on-campus culture of civility and respect, CCAC’s Civility Ambassadors launched the We Are Civility program in 2016. The program — which is comprised of a campus-wide civility task force — works to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all employees and students. The program features a series of launch celebrations at multiple campus locations, branded promotional items to promote awareness of the initiative, and a civility pledge. To gauge effectiveness, the program is regularly assessed via a series of campus-wide surveys. Results indicate an improvement in employee morale and perceptions of civility and the institution’s campus climate since the program launched.

“In most cases, civility doesn’t just happen,” says Kimberly Manigault, vice president of human resources for CCAC. “It takes direct action and commitment. This choice impacts others and helps promote an inclusive and positive community environment. Choosing to act and promote civility toward each other contributes to a workplace and community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and feel valued.”

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 23,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at nearly 2,000 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

Contact: Sarah Carson, Marketing Manager, CUPA-HR
Phone: (865) 637-7673



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