2nd Annual Staff Awards

PSD Staff Awards 2021 in white letters against a turquoise background with fireworks fading into the image

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Committee invites you to

The 2nd Annual PSD Staff Awards

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Noon - 1:00 PM, online

With remarks by Dean Angela V. Olinto followed by a presentation of nominees and award announcements

Zoom details will be announced closer to November


Keystone (Seasoned Veteran): 

In an arch, a keystone is the last piece to be placed during construction, holding all the stones in position and allowing it to bear weight. In that spirit, a keystone staff member helps hold a department, team, or group together, serving as an integral member. This person is someone many other staff go to for encouragement, resources, or whom they rely on to “get the job done.” Seasoned veteran indicates this staff member has been working in the PSD for at least five years. 


A bridgebuilder is a staff person who maintains strong relationships across teams, promoting collaboration and transparency to achieve the best outcome. This individual is someone that others look up to. They are consistently reliable and dedicated to their unit. 

Out of the Box (Rising Star): 

An out of the box feature works immediately, without any special installation or modifications. This award recognizes a recently hired staff member into the Division (five years or less) who shows an innovative mindset. This individual was able to transition into their new role quickly and are successfully making a positive impact in a short time span. Rising Star indicates this staff member has been working in the PSD for less than five years. 

EDI Champion: 

This award recognizes a staff member who acts as a true diversity and inclusion ally and proponent. This individual is a local diversity and inclusion leader who takes action and shows initiative in promoting diversity and inclusion in their unit. 

Some Guidelines

Nominees must work directly in the PSD

Employees who work for groups that we contract with are not eligible, i.e: Quantum Café

Nominees must have a staff position as their primary appointment

Nominators can nominate up to three staff members

Nominators must choose only one category that best fits their nominee

Self-nominations will not be considered

Neli Fanning and the following selection committee members (Shirley Proby, Laura Rigazzi, Brent Barker, and Susan Hearth) will be ineligible for nomination this year due to their roles in running this program


The Staff Awards ceremony will celebrate all nominees in Autumn 2021

Winners receive:
$500 before taxes
Engraved award

Nominees receive:
Certificate signed by administration