CSM Recognized as a Diversity Champion


College 1 of 14 Workplaces with Excellence in All Categories

The College of Southern Maryland is one of 14 organizations that has been awarded by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence for its commitment not only to workplace excellence, health and wellness, and EcoLeadership, but also as a leading practitioner in diversity and inclusion.

“We place a high value on excellence, and that’s why the College of Southern Maryland strives to ensure that we remain an employer of choice. This means going the extra mile to ensure we have a diverse workforce, that our employees are well-trained and have good health-care options and programs to ensure a healthy life-style, and that they have opportunities within our organization for career advancement and growth,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried.

The Alliance has recognized the Greater Washington, D.C. area’s best places to work for the past 14 years and this year has recognized 68 organizations from across the United States representing more than one million employees from organizations of all sizes and in all sectors—private, public and nonprofit.

CSM is recognized for its additions of programs to enhance employees' skills and knowledge, with training in leadership and customer service benefitting the employee and the community the college serves. The college’s Promotion in Place program, unique to community colleges in Maryland, rewards employees for succeeding in their current positions, for their efforts to continue to enhance their abilities through training and for their service to the college. CSM has expanded its conservation programs and continues to offer the summer Code Green program, enabling employees to work the hours during the week in order to leave early on Fridays in the summer to save energy.

CSM has been an AWE Winner since 2002 and this year is one of 14 companies that are recipients of all categories recognized by the AWE, the Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval, the Health and Wellness Trailblazer Award, the EcoLeadership Award and the newly launched Diversity Champion Award. The Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Awards highlight businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home and in the community. The EcoLeadership Seal of Approval was created to recognize organizations committed to building sustainable workplaces. Launched in 2013, the Diversity Champion Award honors companies that have created and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture within their organizations.

In addition to CSM, AWE quadruple winners include American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Calvert Investments, Inc., Carroll Hospital Center, Discovery Communications, Inc., Holy Cross Hospital, Honest Tea, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, An EchoStar Company, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, M-NCPPC, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Government, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. and SRA International, Inc.

“Once again and for the 10th year in a row, CSM has been awarded workplace excellence awards. These awards are in recognition for developing and implementing human resources best practice programs that serve to assist employees in balancing work and family commitments. Programs such as our employee health wellness benefits, professional development and Code Green were mentioned as deserving of recognition. Additionally, this year we were awarded the diversity award as the result of the partnership of Human Resources, Division of Academic Affairs and Institutional Equity and Diversity Office with the President's vision for a more diverse workplace. These efforts were exemplified with the training of 23 diversity advocates who served on search committees in an effort to recruit and hire faculty,” said CSM Human Resources Associate Vice President Dr. Denise Bailey Clark.

All award recipients undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, PhD professionals and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resources. For information, visit www.excellentworkplace.org.

CSM is a thriving, progressive and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services and high-quality workforce development training and support. The staff and faculty work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional and self-enrichment pursuits. For information, visit www.csmd.edu.