Together We Will Awards

Nominations for the UW Staff Together We Will Awards were created to celebrate outstanding staff contributions made during recent extraordinary challenges and serve as a temporary replacement for the Distinguished Staff Award program, which will be back in Oct. 2022. Please help recognize your amazing colleagues by nominating them for this prestigious honor.


  • Essential staff and front-line workers demonstrating excellence in the day-to-day operations critical to our medical centers and our campuses.
  • Those contributing their expertise to enhance research and patient care through the public health crisis.
  • Staff who continue to provide excellent customer service or create innovative solutions.
  • Staff participating in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the UW, including anti-racism efforts.
  • Staff who have gone above and beyond in ways big and small to support their colleagues and our greater community.

Nominations will be open Oct. 25 – Dec. 31, 2021

Nominees will be celebrated online and will receive a copy of their nomination materials. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee that will award up to 20 $1,500 awards.

Who can be nominated?

While anyone from the UW community with an active NetID can submit a nomination, only staff who have been at the UW for at least six months in a half- to full-time position are qualified for this award, which is being funded by repurposing the funding associated with the Distinguished Staff Award program. Team and self-nominations are not accepted.

TIP: If you are nominating a staff member for excellence in leadership or public service, please consider nominating them for the David B. Thorud Leadership Award or the Outstanding Public Service Award instead as these awards historically receive fewer nominations.

Please see our Honors & Awards if you are looking to recognize a UW employee who is in a faculty, academic personnel, post-doctoral scholar, or academic student employee role.

Not sure if the employee you want to nominate is UW staff? Send an email to and we can help you figure it out.

What is the selection committee looking for?

The selection committee will use the following criteria to select the awardees:

  • Nominee is currently employed at the UW in a staff role with at least six months of service in a half- to full-time position.
  • Nominee contributed to the day-to-day operations critical to our medical centers and our campuses, enhanced research and patient care through the public health crisis and/or participated in diversity, equity and inclusion programs at the UW, including anti-racism efforts.
  • Nomination includes specific examples of the nominee’s excellence and illustrates the impact that staff member has made on the UW community through excellent customer service or by creating innovative solutions.

View the selection committee rubric for evaluating nominations.


Questions? Email