The Give-A-Violet award gives students, faculty, administrators, and staff the opportunity to thank members of the NYU New York 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 2020-2021 are accepted from December 8, 2020 to January 14, 2021. 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:


The nomination period opens on December 8, 2020. Tip: Access the portal off campus with VPN.


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 portal during the nomination period. Nominators may access the portal 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. 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 winners are typically honored with a festive celebration hosted by NYU's Vice President of Human Resources and receive a commemorative gift.

For More Information

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

Congratulations to 2019-2020 Recipients 

Maria Alfonso
University Development and Alumni Relations

Paulette Bancroft
Tandon School of Engineering

Natasha Bean
University Enrollment Management

Devin Budhram
Student Affairs

Kyle Dejesus

Seon George
Public Safety

Tara Hardy
Arts and Science

Axel Keating
Liberal Studies, Arts and Science

Nicolina Marini
School of Professional Studies

Amira Shouman
Student Affairs

Miguel Silva

Jamie Schuler
School of Law

Archive of Give-A-Violet Award Recipients