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Deborah Campbell

I am nominating: Deborah R. Campbell

Years of Service at Cal Poly: 26

Department: Student Support & Equity Programs

Position: EOP Admissions Assistant


Why are you nominating this person?  Why do you think he/she deserves the award?

I would like to nominate Deborah Campbell who has been a STAR in Student Support & Equity Programs and the university for several years.

Deborah has adapted well to staffing changes which have occurred within the Admissions and Enrollment Services (AES) unit the past two years and she has taken this in stride demonstrating true professionalism through it all.   Staff decreased in the unit by half at which time she demonstrated true collaboration and took on the roles needed for the department to succeed in finalizing the admissions of the incoming EOP students.   As a member of the New EOP Student Welcome committee, which also lost members during the same period, she accepted all the new duties in order for the program to succeed.

Deborah has embraced the staff changes in the unit, and works very well with the new Outreach Counselor and Coordinator of the unit.  She’s a team player, very supportive and gives excellent input with ideas that benefit the student and the unit.

Through her support in the department she keeps the office balanced by making sure all the office needs are met.  She is truly missed when she is on a well-deserved vacation!

In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?

Being at the forefront of EOP Admissions and Enrollment Services (AES), Deborah Campbell has exemplified the values of Student Affairs in her daily interactions with students.   She is the first contact at Cal Poly Pomona that many prospective EOP students, parents/guardians and counselors have.  With a calm demeanor, she addresses their questions with professionalism and alleviates their concerns regarding admission to the program.  She makes appropriate referrals when needed and the students leave knowing that their concerns have been addressed, even though it is not always what they want to hear.

Please select 2 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies:

☒ Student-Centered Philosophy

☐ Integrity

☐ Interconnectedness

☐ Environmental

☐ Passion

☐ Quality

☒ Richness of Diversity

☐ Sustainability (New)


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

In order to avoid causing disservices to EOP applicants, Deborah thinks of all possibilities students may have taken in submitting documents in order to keep their application active in the process.  One example is when we gave the applicants an opportunity to send a hard copy letter of recommendation.  Even though we gave specific indications on the communication, Deborah, knowing students nature, took the initiative to check the online recommendations that came in during the time period requested.  There it was found that approximately 50 recommendations came in.  This added step prevented the office overlooking qualified applicants from being sent an EOP offer, thus allowing for the students to have the EOP offer sent and the opportunity to be in our program. 


Often times, non-EOP students visit our office asking about how to apply for the program.  If it is too late to apply, she politely probes them about their interest in the program in order to give them the tools to explore other valuable resources available on campus.  By this she enlightens them so that they know there are other departments that can offer services they may need, i.e. tutoring, mentoring, and supplemental advising.

These services provided by Deborah, exemplify the Student Centered Philosophy

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:

With all mentioned above, Deborah demonstrates that she is truly accepting of the value of Richness of Diversity.   In her daily encounters with current and prospective students and on and off campus entities, she looks beyond any differences and interacts with every individual with courtesy and respect, embracing the commonalities and the differences that exist in our diverse campus and our community.