Harvard Heroes

  • 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?  A committee at SEAS will review the nominations and select the "best of the best” to be honored. One Hero will be selected from SEAS. 
  • How and when can staff be nominated?  The nomination period lasts from February 18 to March 6, with winners announced in early April.
  • When and where is the Harvard Heroes recognition ceremony?  The June 2020 ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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

This year’s Harvard Heroes awards ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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

  • 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 valuable.
  • 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 that "connect the dots" in ways that 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 sustainability commitment. Fostering collaboration, inspiring others, building scalable solutions.
  • 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. Challenges existing paradigms and assumptions; takes risks in the pursuit of excellence; sees alternative ways to view or define challenges. Develops innovative solutions to problems large or small.