Chapman University recently hosted the CUPA-HR SoCal Chapter conference on campus, welcoming dozens of human resources professionals in the field of higher education. CUPA-HR provides leadership on higher education workplace issues in the U.S. and abroad, monitoring trends, exploring emerging workforce issues, conducting research and promoting strategic discussions among colleges and universities. CUPA-HR represents more than 19,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at over 1,900 member organizations, including 91 percent of all U.S. doctoral institutions and 77 percent of all master’s institutions.
“As a longstanding institutional member of CUPA-HR, Chapman University is pleased to have been able to host this gathering of Southern California College and University HR professionals,” said Becky Campos, Chapman’s vice president of human resources. “Our own Mia Basic, director of employee relations and performance management and Chapman alumna, is serving as this year’s chapter president, continuing Chapman’s tradition of volunteer service to the professional association. This conference provided participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and share experiences with our HR colleagues from other institutions.”
CUPA-HR SoCal Chapter President Mia Basic said, “As president of CUPA HR for SoCal, I had the privilege of organizing and hosting the Southern California Chapter Conference here at Chapman. It is not a secret that I am am extremely proud of Chapman as an alumna and as an employee. Having the opportunity to host this wonderful HR event, to provide a platform for collaboration and enhancement for learning and development with HR colleagues from other institutions was an amazing experience. Our conference was a success, I am so grateful to all for helping make this happen, including CUPA Board and my Chapman HR team. I am truly honored to be able to serve in this capacity.”
Other members of Chapman’s HR team added their voices. “The CUPA-HR of Southern California event that Chapman University hosted provided the opportunities to engage with our peers from other universities and colleges, and to learn more about the emerging trends in the higher education workplace,” said Ming Wright, assistant vice president of human relations. “The presentations brought additional awareness about the laws governing the employee benefits and the social media behaviors.”
“I valued the time I experienced at this CUPA Conference,” said Abbie Kane, Chapman’s HR talent manager for limited-term and student employment. “We gain momentum, as human resources practitioners, when we engage in inquiry and collaborate to find solutions with our HR colleagues from neighboring colleges and universities. We bring back new and renewed information to our workplaces; we become better poised to accomplish future work that will invigorate our campus communities.”