Harvard Heroes Program

Harvard Heroes

Harvard Heroes 2019

Harvard Heroes, Harvard’s premier University-wide recognition program, celebrates the accomplishments of Harvard staff whose work supports the mission of Harvard at the highest levels of contribution, impact and excellence.

The 2019 Harvard Heroes awards ceremony hosted by President Lawrence S. Bacow will be held:

Thursday, June 13, 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.

What is Harvard Heroes?

Harvard staff members contribute vitally to Harvard’s excellence. Staff contributions include building and maintaining a vast infrastructure (technical, financial, physical and human) upon which the academic enterprise relies.

Harvard Heroes is an annual program held each spring to celebrate high-performing staff from across every School and the Central Administration with both local and University-wide recognition. These staff members are nominated and/or selected by their peers and departments for their leadership, teamwork, adaptability, innovation and exceptional contributions. (For more information about Harvard Heroes, see the Fact Sheet.)

All employees are invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception, but first we need your help to identify the Heroes among us!

Nomination Period Open: February 19 to March 8

Being named a Harvard Hero is an honor of great distinction – only about 60 Heroes, or ½ of 1% of eligible staff, will be named. We need your help to make sure we find and recognize the staff Heroes at Harvard. Please review the nomination criteria and nominate your Harvard Hero during the nomination period of February 19 to March 8. The program welcomes nominations by one person as well as joint nominations submitted by more than one co-worker. (A strong nomination produced collaboratively between nominators will be given more weight than the number of nominations a potential honoree receives.)

To be eligible to be nominated, staff must be an administrative/professional, support or hourly employees with at least one year of “benefits-eligible” service. Harvard coaches in the “other academic” group are also eligible. Please note that Harvard Heroes recognizes outstanding individuals, not teams. HR staff directly involved in management of the Harvard Heroes program, and HR managers to whom they directly or indirectly report, are not eligible to be recognized. Harvard Heroes does not provide posthumous recognition.

The nomination process varies by school/unit. Refer to the chart below or contact your local Heroes coordinator to learn about the process in your area. (See Fact Sheet for more information.)

If you wish to nominate an employee who works at...


Central Administration (except Harvard University Health Services)

Chan School of Public Health

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard Business School

Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Harvard Medical School

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Please make your nomination(s) for Harvard Heroes using the easy online form. Nominations will be accepted through March 8, 2019. 

(Please note that staff in Faculty of Arts and Sciences will receive an email on February 25.)

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Please email Lisa Plosker or visit the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s HR page for information

Harvard Kennedy School

To submit a nomination please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Nomination Page. For questions, contact HR_temp@hks.harvard.edu

Harvard Law School

Please email Lauren Reed or or visit the Harvard Law School Harvard Heroes page for information

Harvard University Health Services

Please contact Gaiel Thompson or 617-495-3022

*If you are in one of the areas using the online nomination form and have questions...

Central Administration (except HUHS): Contact your assigned HR consultant
Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Please visit FAS Rewards and Recognition
Harvard Business School: Contact Human Resources for more information or visit the Rewards and Recognition page on the Harvard Business School HR Intranet
Harvard Divinity School: Please email Anna Anctil
Harvard Graduate School of Education: Please email edstars@gse.harvard.edu or email Maureen Donahue.
Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Chan School of Public Health: Please email Erin Ringuette
Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Please visit Staff Recognition Awards at SEAS
Radcliffe: Please visit the Radcliffe HR Site, email hr@radcliffe.harvard.edu or call 617-496-0074

2018 Harvard Heroes

Congratulations to the 61 exceptional employees who were recognized as the 2018 Harvard Heroes. They were celebrated at an awards ceremony on June 14, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. You can view the photos from the ceremony and reception, the fun photos from the Harvard Heroes photo booth, and the inspiring videos from the Ceremony, featuring the 2018 Harvard Heroes: What Makes a Hero and Harvard Heroes: A Day in the Life.