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Kim McAllister

I am nominating:Kim McAllister
Years of Service at Cal Poly:5
Department:SSEP
Position: Assistant to the Executive Director
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?

The Student Support & Equity Program’s (SSEP) Lead Team would like to nominate Kim McAllister for a Star Award for her exceptional work and dedication to the SSEP department. Kim has a very “can do” attitude that is exemplified through her working style and quality of work. Kim has been a tremendous support to the administrative leadership over the last few years, especially through the transition of staffing within the department (as well as several Leadership changes over the past few years). Kim has always stepped in and stepped up to lend a hand wherever she’s needed, especially for coverage in the front office or in scheduling academic advising appointments for the EOP advisors, as well as navigating a very complex budget that has several state funds that need to be tracked separately as well as 12 different foundation accounts that have very specific rules and regulations. Kim’s “team player” nature has been and continues to be a true asset to the department.

Kim is very organized, which helps in keeping things in order for the department. She also works hard to stay abreast with pertinent and current information to ensure that she does her job, and does it well.


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

Kim has such a positive and welcoming energy that radiates bronco pride! In Kim’s role, she is often the one who is the first point of contact for supporters/partners to SSEP that work both on and off campus. She does an exceptional job at assisting with major logistical aspects of many special projects within the department, be it in Renaissance Scholars, EOP Summer Bridge, etc. Through this type of support and many other behind the scene assistance, Kim not only enhances our department and it constituents that are served by SSEP, she has a positive impact on the Cal Poly Pomona campus community.

Please select 2 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies:
☐ Student Centered Philosopy
X Integrity
X Interconnectedness
☐ Environmental
☐ Passion
☐ Quality
☐ Richness of Diversity
☐ Sustainablity

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

As defined by our division, Integrity is honest and honorable behavior, where our decisions and actions are consistent with our values, beliefs and principles. Kim exemplified the value of INTEGRITY through her direct working style and quality of work. Through her role, Kim always ensures that the appropriate paperwork is collected and processed in a timely manner. She is very organized and provides honest and candid feedback that contributes to the enhancement of departmental protocols and processes. This is so ingrained in her to do the right thing and do it well, because, first and foremost, she is serving our students and she wants to serve them to the best of her ability. She truly wants to make a difference in their lives and she does.


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:

As defined by our division, Interconnectedness exists when we are united with others in the university community in purpose and achievement of our goals. Our success comes from fostering relationships built on collaboration, open communication, trust and mutual respect. Kim exemplified this value of INTERCONNECTEDNESS through the rapport and relationships she has built and maintains with campus partners, community stakeholders, students and department staff. Kim’s upbeat attitude radiates bronco pride, and expresses a true connection to the department’s mission and goals. Again, she truly makes a difference in the lives of our students and has such a great understanding of the populations we serve (First-generation, low-income, former foster youth).