Unsung Heroines

A principal goal of the Professional Women's Association is to develop awareness throughout the campus community of women's contributions to the mission of UCSB. With this goal in mind, we are asking for nominations of women who consistently make our campus a better place. Some Unsung Heroines work quietly behind the scenes, others may be more widely known; each shares a firm commitment to the mission of UCSB. Many nominees volunteer outside their departments and all pour their energies into their jobs.

Time to Name Unsung Heroines!


A completed Unsung Heroine nomination packet should include the following materials:

  • Nominee’s Information: Nominee’s name, title/position, department/unit, term of service with UCSB, contact number, and e-mail.
  • Statement of Nomination: A narrative with a detailed description of your nominee’s contributions and why you feel this person should be publicly recognized for these accomplishments (please provide examples). Maximum count of 500 words.
  • Separate Statement of Endorsement: A letter for support from a separate endorser. Maximum count of 500 words.
  • Nominator’s Information: A few words about yourself (the nominator) and your relationship to the nominee. Please include your contact information.
  • Please send your nominations via electronic format to:

All Unsung Heroines are publicly recognized at PWA’s annual conference, in addition to having their image & deeds profiled in our publication and on the PWA website, please make sure that your nominee is amenable to being the focus of such attention.

As you are writing your statement of nomination, please consider the following questions:

  • How has the nominee positively impacted her fellow employees, work environment, campus community, and/or community in which she resides?
  • How has she consistently made the campus a better place?
  • How has she demonstrated a firm commitment to the mission of UCSB?
  • Does she volunteer outside her department on campus?
  • Does she volunteer in her respective community in which she resides?
  • How does she advocate for her co-workers, students, staff, etc.?
  • How has she left a legacy for the campus or for her community?

All nominations are open to career/casual faculty and staff. Nominees do not have to be current members of PWA. Moreover, current PWA Officers and Steering Committee members are not eligible to submit nominations, nor are they eligible to be nominated. At the time of nomination, the nominee must be employed with UCSB for a minimum of 2 years. The award will be limited to only ten individuals. Submissions will not be returned and incomplete packets will not be considered. Self-nominations will not be considered. Not open to previous recipients of the Unsung Heroine Award.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katya Armistead or Gina Gonzales, Co-Chairs of the Recognitions & Awards Committee. They can be reached at: awards@pwa.ucsb.edu

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