Welcome to the CUPA-HR Alabama Chapter website. We are proud to be the resource for higher education Human Resources and a part of the national CUPA-HR organization. The Alabama Chapter supports CUPA-HR’s mission to serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence.

The role of a Higher Ed HR professional in higher education can be challenging and the Alabama Chapter is here to support our members in their growth and development as HR practitioners. Please visit our website and watch for updates regarding programming and events that may benefit you or your colleagues.

The CUPA-HR Alabama Chapter membership is FREE and OPEN to all higher education HR professionals in our area! We currently have more than 500 higher ed HR Professionals in our chapter! I look forward to meeting and working with each of you this upcoming year. Your participation in this highly collaborative group is always welcomed and we hope it is rewarding.

The CUPA-HR Alabama Chapter has an online community for local professionals in higher education to share ideas, challenges, questions and other relevant information with one another. Anyone can participate in our chapter community, regardless of CUPA-HR membership. The only requirement is that each person have a free CUPA-HR website account. National members and individuals who have made purchases or registered for events on the site already have accounts. To create a new account, simply click the sign In link at the top of any page of the CUPA-HR website and look for the Create a New Account option. Be sure to identify your institution as your organization.

It is easy to join the Alabama Chapter’s online community!

  1. Visit CUPA-HR Connect
  2. Sign In in using your CUPA-HR username and password
  3. Find our chapter among those listed
  4. Click “Join”

After you join, you can customize your communication preferences, post questions and reply to others online or via email.

Brenda Adams
CUPA-HR Alabama Chapter President, 2020-2021
Manager-Compensation HR, The University of Alabama at Birmingham




SAVE THE DATE: CUPA-HR Alabama Chapter Fall Meeting – November 18, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 (CST).

The From the Skin I’m In Inclusion Series – Part 2: “From Bias to Belonging” will be open for all CUPA-HR Chapters. We will be featuring Dr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).



11:45 am – 12:00 pm          Log-In/Resolve Technical Issues

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm          Welcome/Introduction of Speaker

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm            From the Skin I’m In Inclusion Series – Part 2: “From Bias to Belonging”

Dr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UAB


1:00 pm – 1:30pm            Chapter Goals

                                            Treasurer’s Report

                                            Tri-State Conference Update

                                            CUPA-HR Regional Update

                                             Alabama Chapter 2021 – 2022 Board Positions

1:30 pm – 2:20pm             “First Amendment and Free Speech”

Grant Garber, University Counsel, Auburn University

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm            Give-a-ways/Closing Remarks


Register in advance for the Alabama Chapter meeting or the Inclusion Series meeting only via registration link below:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We look forward to our guest chapters attending our Inclusion Series, as well as having our Alabama member institutions represented at the meeting to make 2020-2021 the best year yet for the Alabama Chapter. Your involvement is essential to accomplishing our goals and we thank you in advance for your participation.

The Understanding High Education (UHE) Experience


October 12-December 18, 2020

The UHE Experience is a virtual small-group experience based on CUPA-HR’s popular in-person workshop and e-learning course, Understanding Higher Education

Like the in-person workshops at CUPA-HR conferences, this experience gives you the opportunity to interact with other participants and the program’s knowledgeable higher ed HR facilitators to learn how other institutions operate and gain expert insight into the unique aspects of higher education and higher ed HR. And like the e-learning course, it allows you the flexibility to learn and participate on your own time.

By the end of this 10-week experience, you’ll have new knowledge, ideas and professional connections that will enhance your own success and help you make an impact at your college or university.


Join Our
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
for Higher Education Leaders

You are invited to be part of a very special CUPA-HR 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge © for higher education leaders. The concept of the 21-day challenge was introduced several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to create greater understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, oppression and equity.

The nation — including our students, faculty and staff — is talking about race and the systems that perpetuate racial inequalities, inequities and injustice, as well as the heavy toll those systems have taken on the Black community. It’s critically important that we continue our efforts to move from talk to action on college and university campuses across the country. Creating effective social justice habits is one important way that we can work together to learn and address these incredible challenges.

During August 2020, over 2,500 higher education professionals from across the country participated in this challenge making it one of the highest attended virtual events in CUPA-HR history! Wow! We learned a lot and really enjoyed the opportunity to engage in dialog and discussion. We are very pleased to now offer this challenge for you to use for self-paced and/or small-group learning and engagement!

Register Now Register Now

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is open to CUPA-HR members only. All employees at member institutions are considered members of CUPA-HR. Visit our website to learn more about becoming a member.

Participation is free and self-paced. When you register, you’ll receive weekly emails to take you through the challenge. Taking the challenge as a group? Please have each individual register separately so each individual receives the email reminders.


 Alabama, Georgia and Florida Chapters’ Joint Conference

June 6, 2021 – June 8, 2021

Alabama, Georgia and Florida Chapters’ Joint Conference

Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
Point Clear, Alabama

Sponsorship Prospectus 2020