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About the Division of Student Life

Recently recognized in 2021 and 2022 as one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the Division of Student Life comprises 11 departments and more than 200 full-time staff who provide a multitude of nationally recognized co-curricular experiences and services in the areas of career readiness, engagement, equity and inclusion, and wellbeing for undergraduate and graduate students.

2022 Most Promising places to work in student affairs award
Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2021 and 2022

62%

of staff hold Master’s degrees or higher

200

full-time staff members

25

functional areas of service

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

The Division of Student Life advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning, and drives holistic development through education, experiences, and communities.

Vision

Lead a dynamic student experience and vibrant campus culture so all Blue Hens thrive throughout their lives.

Values

As the Division of Student Life pursues excellence, these values guide our interactions, our decision-making, and ultimately the collective culture we build that enables us to achieve our vision and mission:

Amplify Student Voice

Students and their success are central to the University’s mission. We commit to ongoing engagement with students so that we can include and promote their voice in our endeavors.

Pursue Equity

We actively seek to remove barriers to fair participation in Student Life programs and initiatives and commit to influence institutional change toward a more equitable and just student experience.

Transformational Collaboration

Recognizing that we accomplish more by working together, we will deepen partnerships across the Division and throughout campus to elevate our collective work.

Learning and Innovation

We strive to be a learning organization characterized by critical thinking, reflection, curiosity, generating knowledge, and taking risks. We expect our individual and shared learning will fuel change toward innovation.

Integrity and Respect

We demonstrate integrity through our interactions with one another and strive to respect and uplift all colleagues and students. When we fall short of this ideal, we courageously hold one another accountable.

Portfolios Guiding our Work

Student Life is organized into five programmatic and three operational portfolios 

Programmatic

  • Student Experience & Belonging
  • Student Support & Advocacy
  • Student Culture & Equity
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Post-graduate & Student Success Integration

Operational

  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Business Operations
  • Student Life Development & Alumni Engagement
José-Luis Riera interim vice president for student life at University of Delaware

“The student experience, we believe, will continue to be a differentiator for college-going students in the coming decade. We work to stay fresh and invite new ways of conceiving of student affairs on campus.”

Dr. José-Luis Riera,
Vice President for Student Life

I love working at UD because of the supportive, positive, and collaborative environments created within the Division of Student Life! I always appreciate how everyone is willing to help, not afraid to try something new, or willing to support a program when needed.

Kelli Murray

Assistant Director, Orientation & Transition Programs

I love working for the University of Delaware Division of Student Life because I like contributing to initiatives that support the holistic development of our students. Doing good work with like-minded people who are dedicated to our students’ growth and positive experiences makes my work feel less like a job and more like a valued mission.

Tracy Willman

Administrative Assistant, Career Center

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 & 2022 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
  • Seal of Prevention by the Campus Prevention Network
  • Outstanding Leadership Program and Educator Workshops by the Association of Leadership Educators
  • Gold Award for Leadership Programming by the NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Innovation in Housing & Residence Life by ACPA-College Student Educators International
  • Two awards for Outstanding Accomplishments by the Northeast Greek Leadership Association
  • Five “Steal This Idea” Awards from ACUI
  • Two Annuit Coeptis Emerging Leaders designated by ACPA-College Student Educators International
  • Staff holding national and regional leadership positions in ACUI, Student Affairs Assessment Leaders
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Employee Benefits

  • Paid time away from work
  • Retiree benefits
  • Tuition benefits
  • Career development
  • Health and life insurance
  • Health and wellbeing resources