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Professional Staff Organization Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce

The PSO is excited to host the annual Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce on Friday, May 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the end of another extraordinary academic and fiscal year. The event will begin with refreshments and an onsite reception, followed by the President’s address on Zoom. Connect with other professional staff, meet the new PSO Board members, see what your PSO has been up to, and hear from UW President Ana Mari Cauce. We are also excited to announce the recipients of the annual Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Excellence Award at the Celebration!

This event is taking place in the Health Sciences Education Building, Room 101, with President Cauce’s address on Zoom. Please register here:

Spring Scholarships Awarded!

The Professional Staff Organization offers scholarships for career-related classes, conferences and workshops. Through this program, professional staff donations support professional staff, with ~$5,000/year provided annually! The Scholarship Committee has awarded Professional Staff in these departments scholarships toward their Professional Development goals for Spring Quarter 2022:

  • Dean of Medicine/Clinical Trials Office: Medical Device Coursework
  • Harborview Medical Center/Clinical Float Pool: Virtual classroom/Ambulatory Care Nurse Conference
  • Center for Human Rights: Association for Asian Studies Conference
  • Climate Impacts Group: Fundamentals of Content Writing
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Google UX Design Professional Certificate
  • Climate Impacts Group/College of the Environment: Interviewing Methods and Environmental Topics

Nominate staff for the Together We Will Awards

The UW Staff Together We Will Awards were created to celebrate outstanding staff contributions made during the extraordinary challenges of 2020. The awards will serve as a temporary replacement for the Distinguished Staff Award program, which will be back in Oct. 2021. Please help recognize your amazing colleagues, by nominating them for this prestigious honor.


  • Essential staff and front-line workers who kept our patients as well as students living in campus housing safe.
  • Staff who made the quick pivot to online learning and remote work possible.
  • Staff in research and patient care roles who are rightfully called our healthcare heroes.
  • Staff participating in anti-racism efforts to ensure the UW’s programs are inclusive and equitable.
  • Staff who have gone above and beyond in ways big and small to support their colleagues and our greater community.

Nominate a UW staff member with a written statement or by submitting a video nomination between November 1 and December 31, 2020.

Nominees will be celebrated online and will receive a copy of their nomination materials. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee that will award up to 20 $1,500 awards. Learn more here.

Nominate staff for the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities

This award was established in 2003 in memory of James D. Clowes, an extraordinary teaching scholar in the Comparative History of Ideas Program and a member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The Clowes Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who transforms undergraduate learning at the UW through the development of learning communities.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Current UW Seattle campus faculty and staff are eligible for nomination
  • Each nomination is subject to verification
Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated capacity to:

  • Connect cohorts of students with one another and with faculty members to advance learning
  • Transform traditional classroom communities into shared experiences beyond the classroom
  • Develop service/community-based learning opportunities for undergraduates that are integrated into their programs of study

Learn more about this and other teaching awards here!