Give-A-Violet Recipients

2018-2019 Give-A-Violet honorees with Vice President of Human Resources Sabrina Ellis, center back

The nomination period is now closed.

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The Give-A-Violet award gives students, faculty, administrators, and staff the opportunity to thank members of the NYU community who have gone above and beyond the normal scope of their positions and demonstrated specific values and competencies at an exceptional level in the performance of their everyday responsibilities.

Criteria and Eligibility

Nominations for academic year 2019-2020 are accepted from December 6, 2019 to January 16, 2020. All University administrators and staff are eligible to be nominated for and receive a Violet. To determine the recipients, the Selection Committee will consider many characteristics, but the below criteria will be used extensively. Each nominee should excel in one or more of the following competencies and values:



Taking personal accountability to uphold ethical standards; building trusting relationships through honesty, openness, fairness, and candor; and living up to commitments


Demonstrating a genuine appreciation for others, valuing diversity by treating everyone with high regard and consideration for their individual differences as well as maintaining the highest level of professionalism when working with others through challenging issues

Customer Focus

Providing an excellent level of service to both internal and external customers, identifying and responding to current and future client needs


Working effectively within and across departments; collaborating with others to achieve common goals; and listening and communicating in a way that respects and supports others


Adjusting your own behavior to work efficiently and effectively in light of new information, changing situations, and/or different environments


Demonstrating commitment to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in performance of responsibilities and in interactions with members of the NYU community

Additionally, managers who are nominated should also excel in one or more of the following areas:



Encouraging employees to be their very best by providing feedback, development opportunities, positive reinforcement, and appreciation for their efforts


Setting a positive example by remaining calm in a crisis, encouraging and supporting collaboration and teamwork, demonstrating inclusion, respect and tact, exhibiting humility, helping others achieve success, and being honest and trustworthy


Inspiring commitment, providing vision, promoting and ensuring alignment with school/unit and NYU’s goals and/or values and providing coaching and performance management

To Submit a Nomination

Launch the online nomination form during the nomination period. Nominators may access the online nomination form on the campus network (recommended), or off-site securely with VPN installed and connected. Once accessed, enter the nominee's proper name (no nicknames), select that name from the dropdown list, then click Search on the upper right of the form. The minimum length of submission comments is 100 characters (there is no maximum).

Recognition of Winners

Recipients of the Give-A-Violet award will be announced during the spring semester. The 12 winners are invited to a special luncheon reception hosted by NYU's Vice President of Human Resources and receive a commemorative pin and gift.

For More Information

Contact NYU PeopleLink at or 212-992-LINK (5465).

2018-2019 Recipients 

Tiffany Boselli
Stern School of Business

Katharine Bruce
Global Programs

Juliana Cools
College of Dentistry

Jonathan Duchock
Finance and Employee Systems and Services

Daniel Erosa
Student Affairs

Mckenzie Love
Stern School of Business

Mirta Salomon
University Human Resources

Michelle Shin
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Donna Starks
Capital Projects and Facilities

Kaitlin Villanueva
School of Law

Michael West
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Jonathon White
Faculty of Arts and Science


Archive of Give-A-Violet Award Recipients