Harvard Heroes

2017 nominations are open!


  • Who can be nominated to become a Harvard Hero?  Harvard administrative/professional, support or hourly employees with at least one year of “benefits-eligible” service can be nominated. 
  • Who can nominate someone to be a Harvard Hero?  Harvard faculty and staff members can nominate individual staff members. 
  • How are Harvard Heroes selected?  Each school and unit will select “the best of the best” to be honored for the previous year. One Hero will be selected from SEAS. 
  • How and when can staff be nominated?  The nomination period lasts for two and a half weeks, from February 22 to March 10, with winners announced in early April.
  • When and where is the Harvard Heroes recognition ceremony?  The ceremony takes place on June 5, in Sanders Theater, hosted by President Faust, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, and VP of Human Resources Marilyn Hausammann; with a light reception to follow. All employees are invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception.

For the most comprehensive information about dates, eligibility, and the nomination process, please see the Harvard Heroes main page.

This year’s Harvard Heroes awards ceremony, hosted by President Drew G. Faust, will be held:

Monday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, Sanders Theatre
Reception to follow at Annenberg Hall (next to Sanders Theatre)

All employees are invited and no tickets are needed.


Nomination/Selection Criteria and Definitions (print)

Administrative/professional, support, and service/trades staff with at least one year of benefits-eligible service
can be nominated. A Harvard Hero should demonstrate one or more of these attributes at the highest levels of
contribution, impact, and excellence.

A Harvard Hero will consistently demonstrate at least one, and up to three of the criteria listed here:

  • Embracing Change -- takes initiative to seize the opportunities that change represents; demonstrates
    flexibility and adaptability. Helps others anticipate change, envision the future, and meet transitional
    challenges. Helps Harvard adapt to new and emerging realities while preserving what is most important.
  • Citizenship and Community -- outstanding citizenship at either the local or University level. Takes action to
    build or strengthen a caring, connected University community. Makes Harvard a great place to work, teach,
    and learn.
  • Fostering an Environment of Diversity and Inclusion -- makes Harvard safe, respectful, and welcoming for
    everyone. Takes actions to increase diversity; challenges exclusionary attitudes or actions.
  • Leadership and Management -- communicates the vision and mission of the organization and translates
    them into actionable goals. Develops, coaches, and motivates diverse individuals and teams. Promotes a
    positive culture of engagement within the immediate team and across the organization.
  • Mission and Values -- contributes directly to Harvard’s mission of teaching and research; exemplifies integrity and truth (veritas). Reflects and contributes to Harvard’s excellence.
  • One Harvard -- makes “One Harvard” a reality by spanning boundaries, removing barriers, and
    reducing divides between people, teams, and departments. Exemplifies cross-University cooperation and
    collaboration. Develops and shares resources, approaches and solutions to benefit the whole University.
  • Service Excellence -- provides outstanding service to faculty, staff, students, or departments.
  • Stewardship -- maintains mission, quality, service, or safety while improving efficiency or reducing costs. Protects the University and its people from risk or harm.
  • Sustainability -- contributes to Harvard’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a healthier, more sustainable campus. Fosters collaboration; inspires and educates others. Develops efficient models that can be replicated across campus.
  • Teamwork -- being a valued teammate, colleague, collaborator, or partner. Going above and beyond to make the jobs of others easier. Shares knowledge, expertise, and information generously. “Pitches in” to get the job done.
  • Innovation/Continuous Improvement -- finds new ways to do things better; uses innovative methods,
    approaches, technology, or information to work smarter or more effectively. Re-frames existing paradigms and
    assumptions; sees alternative ways to view or define challenges. Develops innovative solutions to problems
    large or small.