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Featured Opportunities

Advisory Board: Student Diversity & Inclusion

Applications are open now for the Student Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board for Undergraduate and Graduate Students [PDF]. Interested students can apply online through November 2 and the board will convene in spring 2019. All members of the UD community can also nominate a prospective member!

Bringing in the Bystander

Every member of the Blue Hen Community plays a role in our campus culture. Learn how to intervene safely and effectively in various situations.

Choose tO Lead

Applications are open Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 7 for 2019 Orientation Leaders. If you’re interested in taking an active role to welcome and acclimate new UD students, apply for an unforgettable opportunity that will enhance your connection to UD and develop several marketable skills.

Meet your Dean of Students

Did you know there’s an office that exists to answer your questions, and advocate on your behalf when you’re experiencing challenges that impact your ability to succeed at UD? Come meet your Office of the Dean of Students over some delicious comfort food on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Perkins.

Parents and Family Weekend 2018

Parents and Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. Tickets are on sale now for headline events, including the Friday night comedy show with Jeff Foxworthy, Saturday’s Game Day Celebration and more. Visit the PFW website for all the ways your family can join in this UD community celebration.

Student Behavior Consultation Team

If you observe a situation or behavior that gives you concern for the safety of a student or the campus, contact the Student Behavior Consultation Team. The SBCT is a collaborative effort between Student Life and campus partners to promote student wellbeing and campus safety through assessment and intervention.

StUDent Central

Connect with 400+ student groups and thousands of events on StUDent Central, the University of Delaware’s engagement portal for students seeking new experiences, marketable skills, and other students who share their interests in a wide range of categories.

UD Helpline and Crisis Text Line

Feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or in need of someone to talk to? Reach a mental health professional 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling UD Helpline at 302-831-1001. You can also text UDTEXT, or STEVE for students of color, to the number 741741 for anonymous assistance by text.

This 2018 SHS student says…

[Nutritionist] Mariam Basma has helped me so much physically and mentally. She is just a gem and is such an asset to Student Health Services. We are so lucky to have her- she really has changed and helped me in so many ways that I am forever grateful. She is so relatable and honest and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. She really is amazing and I am so sad to be graduating and not be able to see her weekly anymore. She saved me.

Nikki Dombrowski ’18 says…

UDance co-executive director | Twilight Induction 2016 speaker

I found my time doing extracurricular activities at UD to be equally as important, impactful and beneficial as my coursework. They taught me lessons that one can simply not learn in the classroom. These experiences, coupled with the incredible opportunities I have had to interact with faculty and staff at UD, inspired me to take my passion for this cause into my studies.

Learn more about Nikki in this UDaily article:
Human Services senior leaves behind a legacy of service: Nikki Dombrowski helps others through leadership, education, research and community service

Andrew Garcia ’20 says…

We’re First president

Don’t be afraid. Don’t let your gut tell you you’re not going to be capable of what you want to do. If you need guidance, look up some YouTube videos on how to be a leader or how to gain the basic foundation that you need, and then try to grow a sense of comfortability into what you’re doing. When I got an email from We’re First about open elections for the next executive board, I had never led anything before and just decided to go for it. You won’t grow as a leader if you don’t take risks.

Laura Donohue ’18 says…

Outing Club president

Do not get involved in clubs that you are only somewhat passionate about. Go after those clubs that introduce you to the coolest people, and enable you to work with things that get you excited for every new day at UD! I loved my experience at UD because I got to spend every day doing something that I loved. If you follow your passions, they will take you places you never knew you could be, but that are exactly where you should be.

Learn more from Laura in this Student Life Spotlight:
Delaware, Door to the World: Outing Club president, student-athlete Laura Donohue encourages students to pursue their greatest passions

This 2018 SHS student says…

The caregiver I saw was exceptional … I came to Student Health Services after hours because I had an embarrassing condition I was hoping I could get looked at when no other students were around. She treated my case with discretion and made me feel a lot better about it. She was really thorough and made sure all of my questions were answered. She also made sure that all of my medical information was up to date and when she looked at my prescriptions she saw that a rescue inhaler I use every day was actually expired by 2 years. She told me how I would be able to get new inhalers at an affordable price. And my asthma treatment was completely unrelated to the reason I came in. I could not have received better care.

Daniel Farmer ’17 says…

Resident Assistant | Outing Club member

Experience all that you can, and you will find the puzzle eventually puts itself together. The number of paths you can take is infinite. Sometimes that feels overwhelming. When I entered UD, I had no idea what could possibly lie on the other side, but I knew I had to ensure it was something worthwhile. My strategy was to try my hand at as many things as possible, do my best to say yes, never be afraid to submit an application, and pursue the things that made me happiest.

Learn more from Daniel in this Student Life Spotlight:
Unpacking the Toolbox: Alumnus Daniel Farmer details how UD prepared him for Peace Corps success

Brittany O’Connell ’18 says…

PRSSA Program Director

Believe in yourself and try to learn something new from each person you meet. You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and perspective.

Learn more from Brittany in this Student Life Spotlight:
Basking in the Blue Hen Glow: Senior Brittany O’Connell accepts national appointment with public relations association

Maria Barriga ’17 says…

SCPAB president

Growing as a leader and as a person go hand-in-hand. I could never have imagined being a leader, and I really like this person that I have grown into, someone who is happy and excited about stuff, who engages with others to learn about their feelings and interests. Explore more, and surround yourself with people who will inspire you to believe in yourself.

Learn more from Maria in this Student Life Spotlight:
With love from Ecuador: SCPAB’s first international student president, Maria Barriga, prepares to pass the torch

Mark White ’17 says…

Phi Beta Sigma brother | NSBE executive board member

You have got to do what you would love to do with your life. Far too often, we get caught up in trying to fulfill what others think we should do, but you’ve got to focus on a path — and you have to build your network.

Learn more from Mark in this Student Life Spotlight:
Focused lines: Senior environmental engineering, political science major Mark White reflects on paths to success

Jillian Solomon ’19 says…

Each One Reach One Mentor | Alpha Phi Alpha’s Miss Black and Gold 2016

Step outside of your comfort zone and engage with difference. Enroll in a class, introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t look like you, or just pick literally any event and go have fun. No one is going to laugh at you or reject you, and you might learn more about yourself or others in the process. An inch of experience sitting around eating pizza could go a long way for you in the future.

Learn more from Jillian in this Student Life Spotlight:
Embracing discomfort: Miss Black and Gold 2016 Jillian Solomon on the value of a UD experience

Nicole Mozee ’13 says…

Multicultural Greek Congress vice president | member of Cultural Programming Advisory Board, Campus Alliance de La Raza and Black Student Union | Chi Upsilon Sigma sister

My advice to current students is to take advantage of all opportunities that surround you at this vital point in your life because these experiences help you grow as an individual. Pay it forward, and remember there is always more to do, more to learn and more to achieve.

Learn more from Nicole in this Student Life Spotlight:
Wisdom through education: MGC’s first vice president Nicole Mozee continues to give back

Rebecca Jaeger ’16 says…

SGA president | NSO orientation leader

My experiences within the Division of Student Life taught me invaluable lessons that greatly enhanced what I learned inside the classroom at UD. Through my involvement in StUDent Government Association and New Student Orientation, I learned how to communicate effectively with others, advocate for change in areas that I am passionate about, and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Thanks to these experiences, I have become a more organized, inspired and assertive leader who is eagerly taking on the challenges of the real world.

Learn more from Rebecca in this Student Life Spotlight:
Life lessons go global: Former SGA president Rebecca Jaeger reports back on life after UD

Stephen Ochoa ’18 says…

NSO orientation leader

The New Student Orientation Leader process is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being surrounded by peers and administrators that truly care about you and the needs of all students on campus, really opened my eyes to the many great opportunities this institution has to offer for all students. My favorite part of being an Orientation Leader was building bonds with not only new students but my NSO family. These bonds and relationships are ones that no distance or time apart can break; I regard all of my fellow OLs as family and always will.

Philip Botta ’15 says…

RSA president | Hall Director

Living and working in the residence halls taught me about being a part of a community and learning how to interact with those that are different than me. Staying on campus can help you develop skills such as conflict mediation, communication and leadership. It is also a time where you are constantly connected to resources whether it be your Resident Assistant, visuals on your floor or other opportunities that come into the halls.

Jissell Martinez ’08 says…

CALR president | HOLA member | Chi Upsilon Sigma sister

Participating in organizations such as HOLA, Campus Alliance de la Raza and the Multicultural Greek Congress has been imperative to my job success. Those organizations allowed me to engage and be actively involved in issues affecting my community; allowed me to network with faculty, administrators and well-known people in my field; and enhanced my skills in organization, leadership and responsibility.

Daniel Cole ’11 says…

Haven president | SGA senator | USC building manager

Engaging in Student Life through roles in Haven and StUDent Government Association, as well as employment with the University Student Centers, prepared me for post-college life in ways that the classroom never could. Communicating across diverse groups of people, leading teams, planning events and managing finances taught me how to conduct myself professionally, and enabled me to take full advantage of my UD experience.

Recent Developments

Blue Hens Helping New Hens

Transitioning to Life at UD

Adolphus Fletcher wins 2018 Seitz Award

Twilight Induction student speaker chosen

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helps us contribute and facilitate critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond. Initiatives within our University Student Centers’ Blue Hen Leadership Program, Career Services Center, extended orientation and late night programming have been supported through this fund.

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