Initiatives, Grants and Collaborations

Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Our History Informs Our Work

We believe that our legacy in health and wellness strengthens our present work.

And we know it will enable us to continue improving and ensuring a healthier and more well campus community for the future. Click the accordion tabs below to toggle between examples of our current projects and previous work including grants, awards, initiatives and collaborations.

APPLE Team Coalition

The campus APPLE Team Coalition is comprised of members from Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Athletics, Student Services for Athletes (SSA) and includes 4-5 varsity athlete student leaders annually. The goal of the APPLE team is to promote student athlete health and wellness. Additionally, this coalition is responsible for implementing the annual prevention education program titled myPlaybook to all first-year and transfer student athletes. This is an evidence-based interactive online educational program created by Drug Free Sport and is supported by the NCAA. The program topics include NCAA banned substances and drug testing, alcohol, prescription drugs/over the counter medication, marijuana, tobacco, and performance enhancing drug prevention modules. Finally, the APPLE Team in collaboration with SSA and the department of Athletics oversees the H.E.N.S. mentoring program. The H.E.N.S. program consists of upper division student leaders assisting in mentoring first-year student athletes and assisting them as they transition to college and collegiate athletics at the University of Delaware.


  • Everfi Campus Prevention Network’s 2019 Impact Award for outstanding achievements in Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Everfi Campus Prevention Network’s 2018 Impact Award for outstanding achievements in Alcohol Prevention
  • Division of Student Life Bright Initiative Award 2018: Bringing in the Bystander Training
  • Division of Student Life Bright Initiative Award 2017: S.O.S. Survivor Support Campaign
  • Delaware’s Visionary Voice Award Winner for 2019, as given by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center – received by Angela Seguin
  • Lt. Governor’s Wellness Challenge – Wellness Leadership Award 2019 in the category of Emotional Well-being – received by S.O.S.

Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project (Past)

The University of Delaware and 12 other campuses are part of the Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project (HMCAP), a multi-year initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women Campus Technical Assistance and Resource Project. HMCAP positively engages male college athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators as influential leaders in the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses and in their surrounding communities. Men Can Stop Rape, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit responsible for igniting an international healthy masculinity movement, in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, facilitates the project.

Strategic Prevention Framework

The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success grant was awarded by the federal government to the state of Delaware. One of 11 award recipients in the state, Student Wellness and Health Promotion at the University of Delaware programs around two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons under the age of 25. Strategies are coordinated through the collaboration of community and campus entities such as but not limited to the University of Delaware Police Department, the City of Newark Police Department, the University Student Centers, and the campus coalition for Alcohol and other Drug Prevention.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant (Past)

As a consortium project with Delaware State University, UD currently holds its second VAWA Campus Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence & Stalking, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Our 2014 grant is a $580,000 project to enhance services for victims, enhance training for faculty and staff on sexual misconduct, and develop new avenues for education and prevention for students. In the current project we have focused heavily on supporting and educating our students from underrepresented groups such as international students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students. The first VAWA grant, awarded in 2011 for $498,138, had 3 major goals: to ensure the effective management of complaints or incidences of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking by enhancing community partnerships and providing specialized trainings; to strengthen and improve victim services; and to institutionalize universal prevention education. A team of UD professionals from Student Wellness & Health Promotion, UD Police, and the Office of Equity & Inclusion, partnered with professionals from DSU’s Counseling Center, developed both successful projects.

We Are Blue Hens (Past)

During 1743 Welcome Days, new students learn about the values, expectations, and privileges associated with being a Blue Hen through performance. We work closely with New Student Orientation each year to refine this program so that it is a relevant and meaningful experience for our new Blue Hens. Click the following link to view the 2014 performance.

“We Are Blue Hens” Student Values Statement

Adopted by the Student Government Association

We as Blue Hens are part of a community of scholars that is committed to giving back and making a difference.  We create a community where diversity is essential, fearlessness is admired, and pride is born. Our legacy is built as we uphold these values defined by students for students:

Respect – We support the inherent right for all members of our community to have a voice and freely share their ideas. We acknowledge that an environment where there is mutual respect and dialogue leads to greater learning.

Openness – We believe that diversity is not enough. Diversity is acknowledging that differences exist. Openness means that we are accepting of learning from and engaging with all members of our community.

Innovation – We challenge all Blue Hens to be bold and creative as we strive for a better world. We will be committed to progress, while recognizing the value of past experiences. Our education provides us limitless opportunities to move ourselves and others forward.

Engagement – We will take an active role in the life of the university, both as learners and contributing community members. We know that true growth comes from being an active and engaged participant in our experiences.

Mentorship – We seek to become visionary and passionate Blue Hens who understand our role in fostering society’s next generation of responsible and ethical leaders. We will build relationships that foster excellence, support, and accountability.

It is our responsibility as Blue Hens to enable and empower each other to attain these values. As Blue Hens, we are committed to these ideals and will work to hold one another accountable. Through this work, we are doing our part to ensure that “with a Daring Spirit Bold, Delaware Will Shine.”