Connection, Engagement

From welcome receptions and graduation celebrations to various featured speakers and recurring events or programs geared towards specific populations, the Division of Student Life offers many opportunities to engage the diverse populations on campus.

Student Diversity & Inclusion Welcome Receptions

Our opening weekend events invite incoming and returning students to meet one another and build relationships through activities, food, and conversation:

  • Lavender Welcome
  • Latinx Welcome
  • Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Welcome
  • First Generation Welcome

Cultural Celebrations

Throughout the academic year, our University Student Centers host a monthly series in celebration of UD’s diverse community. USC Celebrates focuses on annual celebrations, cultural, national and international awareness days, and a variety of holidays to broaden student understanding and appreciation and foster an inclusive campus community.

Mental Health Support

Services offered through collaboration with our Center for Counseling and Student Development include:

Lav Chats
This open biweekly series for individuals who identify as a part of the LGBTQ community provides students with a safe space to chat about a wide range of topics related to LGBTQ issues, such as coming out, dating, sexual and gender identities, relationships with family and friends, dealing with bias and discrimination, religion/spirituality, finding acceptance and community, and more.

Understanding Self and Others for Students of Color
This counseling group for self-identified students of color discusses mental health, relationships and experiences related to being a student of color on a predominantly white campus.

Counseling Drop-In Hours for Students of Color
These drop-in hours are brief consultation appointments for students that identify as persons of color. Students will meet with a self-identified staff member of color to discuss treatment options at CCSD and within the community.

Crisis Text Line
Students can connect anonymously with a live mental health professional 24 hours a day by texting the phone number 741741 with either “UDTEXT”, or “STEVE” to reach a counselor who specializes in supporting students of color.

On-Campus Housing Opportunities

Diversity related on-campus housing opportunities offered through our Residence Life and Housing unit include:

All-Gender Housing
All-Gender Housing provides housing options for all students, including those who identify as transgender, are questioning their gender identity, do not adhere to prescribed gender classifications, who are uncomfortable with a same-sex roommate, or who don’t want a same-sex roommate.

Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community (LLC)
The Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community is open to any first-year student wishing to explore topics around gender identity and sexual orientation as spectrums. Participants will have the opportunity to think, learn, and reflect on concepts of gender and sexuality as part of a process, in an environment that nurtures students around gender and sexuality identities.

U-First – Living Learning Community (LLC)
The U-FIRST LLC aims to help students engage in social and learning experiences that help them benefit, as fully as possible, from their undergraduate experience. A team of committed faculty and staff assist in fostering students’ college achievements by mentoring them to prepare to apply and participate in success opportunities such as first-generation student services, student organizations, undergraduate research/internships, and service learning.

Professional Development and Mentorship

Each One Reach One
Offered by our Center for Black Culture, Each One Reach One (EORO) is a peer mentoring program that assists first-year Black students in their transition to the University of Delaware. The program pairs a first-year student with a current upper division student to serve as a guide and resource throughout their first academic year. By providing participants with a positive co-curricular experience, the Center for Black Culture hopes to improve the retention and matriculation rates of first-year Black students at the University of Delaware (UD).

Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development Conference
Our UD Career Center offers this annual program in partnership with several co-sponsors for all students interested in diversity and inclusion topics in the workplace.