Welcome to the University of Delaware Division of Student Life! Led by the Vice President for Student Life, our 13 units support all UD students as they develop personally, educationally, and professionally. Students find that the development we facilitate, and the communities we foster, fill the abundant space between the classroom and life to complete their University of Delaware experience.

In partnership with students, parents and families, faculty, staff and alumni, the Division provides thousands of unique opportunities for all UD students to discover their identities and passions; manage their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; and learn to engage with the many diverse communities to which they belong as they prepare for a lifetime of growth and excellence. For a concise takeaway on the work that we do, download the Student Life reference guide. [PDF]

Our Mission, Vision and Values

The Division of Student Life contributes and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond. We provide innovative, challenging and engaging student-centered programs and superior services that are essential to students’ educational success.

We are here to inspire students to become thriving individuals, able to enrich their communities and make meaningful contributions to society as engaged citizens, inclusive leaders and lifelong learners.

Students are central to all that we do, and we commit to maintaining their success as our primary focus and celebrating each student as an individual.

Learning and Development
We create learner-centered and goal-focused educational experiences. We empower students to explore, engage and reflect in order to cultivate their overall development and broaden their capacity for lifelong learning.

Partnerships and Connections
We collaborate with students, colleagues, faculty, parents, alumni and community members to ensure student success. Our partnerships both strengthen the work we do and contribute to the overall ability of the University to achieve its mission and strategic priorities.

Inclusive Community
We create and support an inclusive campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and where understanding and perspective-building is actively encouraged through civility, compassion, curiosity and dialogue.

Personal and Social Responsibility
We promote communities in which individuals take ownership for their ideas and their wellbeing, are responsible for their actions, recognize their capacity to make positive change and commit to making a difference.

We role model excellence because we recognize the potential for greatness in all students and staff. We develop and implement innovative programs and services, use professional standards and assessment to guide our work, and are steadfast stewards of fiscal, environmental and human resources.

Our Commitment to Community Engagement

Advancing Civic Leadership and Engaging Communities

Our efforts engage students in all aspects of their lives beyond the classroom. We strive to help students take leadership roles in developing a healthy and thriving campus community. We also provide structures, support, and encouragement for students to develop habits of contributing to the broader society through service.

Student Life encourages community engagement in two distinct areas: engagement in community, and educating students beyond the classroom to support a lifetime of active citizenship. Read our full statement on the Community Engagement Initiative.

Our Impact

Learning Outcomes

Students who engage in opportunities outside of the classroom find that they are better prepared to be Blue Hens forever — thriving individuals who value respect, openness, innovation, engagement and mentorship; who demonstrate daring spirit, passion and dedication; and who proudly embody the legacy of their Blue Hen community.

As a result of participating in Student Life opportunities, students develop in four key areas:

Self-Discovery and Development

– Cultivate curiosity through the exploration of new ideas and experiences
– Develop an awareness of individual interests, strengths and values
– Draw meaningful connections between identity and purpose

Personal Wellness

– Create and sustain relationships that contribute to personal success and satisfaction
– Manage competing priorities including educational, work and personal commitments
– Articulate the effects of choices on the physical and mental health of oneself and others
– Develop strategies to learn from adversity

Social Responsibility

– Recognize shared ethical values and standards within the UD community
– Establish congruence between values and behaviors, understanding how they impact the welfare of others
– Develop an awareness of problems affecting campus, local and global communities
– Enrich one’s life through participation in civic, political or community activities

Inclusivity and Action

– Develop and apply knowledge, attitudes and skills to expand understanding of diverse perspectives, identities and communities
– Develop the ability to work with people different from oneself
– Engage in respectful and productive civil discourse
– Develop the ability to advocate for inclusive, equitable communities

Research and Assessment

We regularly assess our efforts in addition to collaborating on institutional research to determine whether and to what degree students develop the skills and achieve the target outcomes of our programs and services. In addition to ongoing conversations and interviews with students and alumni, we conduct several program-specific assessments that are compiled into the following biannual impact reports:

Staff Assessment and Research Resources

The Student Life Assessment and Research staff site contains instructional materials, forms and other pertinent resources to guide staff assist staff in their assessment and research activities. This is an internal site for Division of Student Life staff and can be accessed here.

Our Staff

Leadership Team

Student Life staff can be found throughout UD’s Newark campus, from our Residence Life and Housing coordinators up on Laird Campus all the way down to our Student Services for Athletes advisors and Student Health Services medical professionals on south campus. Download our organizational chart. [PDF]

Central Office Staff

Our central office is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 101 Hullihen Hall. Stop by, or call us at 302-831-8939. We can also be reached via email to studentlife@udel.edu.

José-Luis Riera

Vice President for Student Life
101 Hullihen Hall

Kathleen Kerr

Associate Vice President for Student Life
112 Gilbert Hall
302-831-HOME (4663)

Adam Cantley

Dean of Students
101 Hullihen Hall

Stephanie Chang

Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
196 South College Avenue

Donna West

Administrative Specialist, Case Manager
101 Hullihen Hall

Jennifer Ulizio

Assistant to the Offices of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
101 Hullihen Hall

Laura Gleason

Senior Business Administrator
101 Hullihen Hall

Nicole Long

Director of Assessment, Research and Operations
127 Hullihen Hall

Casey Impagliazzo

Communications Manager
318 Hullihen Hall