Call for Nominations for New Staff Awards

January 16, 2024

The University of Colorado Denver will recognize our staff’s excellence with four new campus-wide awards this year. The recognitions are in addition to an Inclusive Excellence award, which was added last year. Winners will receive a $1,500 stipend and will be recognized at this year’s Staff Excellence and Milestones event, which is scheduled for May 1. Nominations are now open. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee with broad campus representation, including members of Staff Council.   

1. The Lynx Leadership Award recognizes a staff member’s extraordinary leadership contributions to CU Denver. The ideal nominee contributes to a positive collegial environment for the benefit of faculty, staff, or students, with a focus on promoting unity, communication, and positive outcomes in programs, initiatives, or projects. The successful nominee will be seen as a leader, formal or informal, by colleagues across the campus. The Lynx Leadership Award nominee will have all of the following characteristics: 

  • Modeled competent and conscientious performance 
  • Enhanced the service experience, and leading projects, initiatives, or programs with exceptional collaboration, communication, and cooperation 
  • Track record of demonstrating professionalism and a growth mindset 

2. The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes a staff member for exemplary mentoring skills and consistent efforts to engage team members, colleagues, and others in ways that optimize their collective success. Mentors work across teams or units to improve the workplace culture for all, either in a formal supervisory role (managers) or not (non-managers). The ideal nominee will have all of the following characteristics: 

  • Recognized natural gifts in colleagues or team members and worked to support others’ professional growth 
  • Shown the ability to embrace varied perspectives and regard for other’s traditions, abilities, and qualities to improve collaboration, communication, and pride 
  • Promoted the transfer of knowledge and influence from person to person 

3. The Exemplary Student-Support Staff Award recognizes a staff member who has consistently provided quality service to students. The nominee shows initiative and commitment to putting students at the center of their work and to encouraging and motivating peers/colleagues to streamline systems and processes with students in mind. The successful nominee will have all of the following characteristics: 

  • Exhibited creative and innovative problem-solving 
  • Demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improve the student experience 
  • Demonstrated integrity, respect, and excellence in all aspects of their student-serving role at CU Denver 

4. The Hidden Gem Staff Award recognizes a staff member who has positively enhanced the workplace and lives of others within CU Denver, often working behind the scenes with an enthusiastic attitude in whatever capacity is necessary. This staff member demonstrates outstanding reliability in the execution of vital duties, without which our Lynx community could not function. This award is to acknowledge performance where the nominee has consistently and substantially demonstrated all of the following characteristics: 

  • The ability and willingness of a staff member to work positively and effectively with others 
  • The ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization 
  • Sought excellence everywhere and took initiative to make processes/procedures better 

5. The fifth award, introduced in 2023, is the Staff Inclusive Excellence Award that honors a staff member who demonstrates a long-standing commitment to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at CU Denver. The nominee will demonstrate all of the following characteristics: 

  • Engaged our campus community to share responsibility for creating and sustaining a just, safe, and inclusive campus 
  • Improved our systems to actively support minoritized people and historically marginalized identities 
  • Worked to reduce bias and create and sustain equity