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 2021-2022 are accepted from December 2, 2021 to January 13, 2022. 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 2021-2022 nomination period is now closed. Thank you for your interest. View the 2020-2021 recipients below.


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 name, 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 in the spring. The winners are honored with a festive celebration hosted by NYU's Vice President of Human Resources and receive a monetary award.

For More Information

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

Congratulations to 2020-2021 Recipients

Brea Bagsic
University Relations and Public Affairs

Olivia Blake
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Salonia Burt
Silver School of Social Work

Lisa Butcher
Stern School of Business

Collin Campbell
Public Safety

Julie DeVito
School of Professional Studies

Martin Gonzalez
Finance and Campus Services

Ross Iosefson
Global Programs

Vik Keenan
Liberal Studies, Arts and Science

Susan Lee
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Terrell Roberson
University Enrollment Management

Francesca Walker
College of Arts and Science, Arts and Science

Nancy Wu
Global Programs

Archive of Give-A-Violet Award Recipients