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What is Harvard Heroes?

The Harvard Heroes Recognition Program celebrates the accomplishments of Harvard staff whose work supports the mission of Harvard at the highest levels of contribution, impact and excellence.

Harvard staff members contribute vitally to Harvard’s excellence. Staff contributions include building and maintaining a vast infrastructure (technical, financial, physical and human) upon which the academic enterprise relies.

Harvard Heroes is an annual program held in the spring that recognizes and celebrates high-performing staff from across every School and the Central Administration. These staff members have been nominated and/or selected by their peers and departments for their leadership, teamwork, adaptability, innovation and exceptional contributions.

All employees are invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception.

*Please note that the nomination period for HLS Harvard Heroes differs from the University Harvard Heroes timeline

Recognition Advisory Committee

The HLS Recognition Advisory Committee is tasked with selecting our Dean’s Award for Excellence Honorees and our HLS Harvard Heroes.

Harvard Heroes 2024 Celebration

This year’s Harvard Heroes awards ceremony, hosted by President Larry Bacow, will be held:

Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, Sanders Theatre
Reception to follow at Annenberg Hall (next to Sanders Theatre)

All employees are invited and no tickets are needed.

Previous HLS Harvard Heroes

  • 2023

    Edgar Kley Filho, Human Resources

    Yvonne Smith, Dean of Students 

  • 2020

    Lisa Burns, Registrar

    Silvia Vazquez, Legal Service Center

  • 2019

    Sheryl Dickey, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

    Melissa Bergsten, Graduate Program

  • 2018

    Lakshmi Clark-McClendon, Dean of Students

    Russell Keyes, Facilities

  • 2017

    Julie Vakoc, Communications

    Melissa Courage Korta, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

  • 2016

    Keith McCluskey, Communications

    Megan Markov, Registrar

  • 2015

    Jeff McNaught, Dean of Students

    Marie Bowen, HR

    Christine Perkins, Communications

  • 2014

    Micah Nemiroff, OPIA

    Kim Dulin, HLS Library

  • 2013

    Linda Grant, Communications

    Karen Bell Thomas, First Year Legal Research and Writing Program

    Carli Spina, HLS Library

  • 2012

    Rafael Casiano, Copy Center

    Kathleen Goldstein, Faculty Support Services