Celebrating UW Women


Celebrating UW Women Nominate ImageCelebrating UW Women, a program sponsored by HFS, is designed to honor women from across campus as part of Women’s History Month. Celebrating UW Women recognizes the contributions of women at the UW. 

In 2017 we mark 13 years of celebrating outstanding UW women. In 2005, the program’s first year, 20 women were recognized. Over the years, the program has grown in volume and reach. Nominations have included UW students, staff and faculty from multiple disciplines and departments on all three of the UW campuses. In 2007, the UW's Tacoma campus established a concurrent program.

Each winter, all members of the UW Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campus communities are invited to submit nominations for women-identified students, staff and faculty deserving of recognition. The program is not a competition, and every woman nominated is recognized at a reception as well as in an online gallery here on our website. Celebrating UW Women honors the contributions of women-identified UW community members that are widely varied. Some contributions are global, while others are deeply personal. Visit our 2016 and 2015 Celebrating UW Women nominations in our online gallery.

Nominations for the 2017 Celebrating UW Women event are open now. Submissions are easy, simply submit a short nomination form here. Nominations are due at noon on Monday, March 6, 2017. All nominees will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, March 16 in the Maple Hall Great Room. This year's Celebrating UW Women reception features a keynote from UW senior, Starla Sampaco. Starla is currently studying journalism and law, societies and justice and is an on-camera correspondent and legislative reporter for TVW (Washington's public affairs network). As Miss Washington Teen USA in 2014, Starla promoted a community platform titled Diversity and Beauty Standards: Different is Not Defective to initiate discussions on the lack of diverse female representation in media. We hope you can join us for this great event celebrating the experiences and contributions of UW Women.

If you would like more information about Celebrating UW Women, or would like to become involved in the organization of the program, please contact Julia Esser at esserj@uw.edu.