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 2016 we mark 12 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 2015 and 2014 Celebrating UW Women nominations in our online gallery.

Nominations for the 2016 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 7, 2016. All nominees will be recognized at a reception on Friday, March 11 at 3:45pm in the Maple Hall Great Room. This year's Celebrating UW Women Reception features a welcome at 4:00pm from UW President Ana Mari Cauce, followed by a keynote from UW alumna and School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Jennifer Sonney. Having worked in primary care as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 9 years, Dr. Sonney brings her expertise to the School of Nursing's Pediatric Nurse Practioner Track. A 2015 nominee for the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Sonny also serves as the Continuing Education Co-Chair for the Washington State chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. 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 Michelle Primley Benton at mprimley@uw.edu.