Kindness Award

About the Awards

Each semester of the academic year, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs presents an annual award to a staff member of the University of New Mexico who have demonstrated extraordinary kindness through service.

View the previous recipients!


Regular & current non-faculty staff person or workgroup who has displayed extraordinary kindness to the Provost’s units. Previously nominated staff may be nominated again, provided the nominee(s) are not a past recipient of the Kindness award. Beginning Fall 2023 past recipients of the award may be eligible again 5 years from the time they received the award. Current Provost’s Committee for Staff members are not eligible for the award.


Staff, faculty and students in the Provost’s units may nominate any permanent, non-faculty staff member. Workgroups may also be nominated and include a workgroup that can be comprised of an office, department, division, or section. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Collaborative nominations for a single person/workgroup are highly encouraged. Please include the names of all nominators in the space provided.

Selection Criteria

Nominees or workgroups should demonstrate extraordinary achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Demonstrate exceptional kindness and compassion
  • Exemplify University values (Excellence; Access with Support to Succeed; Integrity; Diversity, Respectful Relationships; Freedom; and Sustainability) See more information about values here.

Screening Process

Members of the Provost's Committee for Staff will screen all nominees. The list of individuals and the workgroup is then forwarded to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval.


A certificate and monetary award will be presented to the individual staff selected. The Provost’s Committee for Staff and the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will present the awards during the Annual Outstanding Staff, Workgroup and Kindness Award Presentation Ceremony.