Ascend:  Empowering Female Students for Success

Dear UD Student,

  • Are you trying to navigate the complex world of virtual learning and working?
  • Are you trying to figure out how to get a job that allows you to be your authentic female self?
  • Do you feel like no matter what you learn in the classroom, you still feel unprepared for the work world?
  • Do you feel like you could use more examples of successful women as role models?
  • Do you want to connect with other female students that have similar experiences to yours?

As a female student at UD, you are invited to attend all sessions:  

Ascend:  Empowering Female Students for Success

The WLI, in collaboration with the Lerner College Women in Business RSO has developed the ASCEND series to address these issues.  Our certificate program includes 7 interactive zoom webinars, and will require attendance at each session, along with a short reflection assignment to obtain a certificate.  Due to limited space, students much complete an application for this program, and will be accepted on a first come basis. For more information, email Amy Stengel:

Our single session option allows students to register for one session at a time to any and all sessions that are of interest.  Due to limited space – registration for each individual session is required, and session will be closed once filled.  

These 75 minute online sessions are set up to address these issues. Each session will
teach critical leadership skills, introducing participants to successful female executives to serve as advisors and role models, and invite you to build connections with other female students with similar experiences.

Each of these online sessions will include a 20-minute talk from a successful female executive and a facilitated breakout discussion where students meet one another and deepen their learning and connection.

The Biden Institute Student Advisory Council

The Biden Institute is launching a Student Advisory Council (SAC) to help identify, participate in, and promote programming across campus.
Students on the council will gain meaningful leadership experience in politics and public service and assist with outreach to diverse and specific student populations, supporting the work of the Biden Institute programming team.
The Biden Institute complements the work students do in the classroom by giving them first-hand opportunities to engage with activists, politicians, and policy practitioners from a wide range of ideologies. In the past we’ve hosted events with U.S. Senator Cory Booker, 2016 Presidential Candidate John Kasich, and former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates to name a few. We have an exciting Fall 2020 lineup of events — and want you to help us plan even more!

•Attend bi-weekly Student Advisory Council Zoom meetings
•Provide recommendations and feedback to the Biden Institute on semesterly programming
•Act as student ambassadors for the Biden Institute to the UD community
•Advertise and participate in Biden Institute programming
Must be a University of Delaware student, any major, any graduating year. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply.
MANDATORY: Must be able to make the inaugural Zoom meeting on Monday, September 14 at 7:00PM ET

Deadline: August 21 at 11:59PM

University of Delaware Alternative Breaks

Are you looking for fun spring break plans this year? Are you passionate about community service and creating a more just, inclusive world? Check out University of Delaware Alternative Breaks (UDaB)!

University of Delaware Alternative Break (UDaB) immerses student-led teams in direct service and experiential learning with community organizations to increase knowledge of social justice issues and encourage life-long active citizenship. UDaB programs consist of a weeklong experience to work with a community over winter or spring break. Each program has a focus area that ranges from the environmental stewardship to education inequity to food insecurity and much more and involves significant education of such focus area(s) before, during, and after the alternative break. Partial scholarships are made available based on financial aid.

Applications for our spring break programs have reopened until February 16th at 11:59pm. You can learn more about our site leaders and read about our 18 available opportunities on our website at and apply at Please contact with any questions!

UDaB Leadership

Student Life Advisory Boards – Applications and Nominations Accepted

The Student Life Advisory Board and the Student Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, are both accepting applications this week. José-Luis Riera, vice president for Student Life and Stephanie Chang, the director of SDI are looking for students who want to:

  • Identify areas of success and improvement in the out-of-classroom experience
  • Provide advice and input to administrators for advancing equity and inclusion, deepening student learning, and driving holistic student development at UD
  • Develop problem solving and collaboration skills across generations, cultures and lived experiences

Students can nominate someone for either board and may also apply directly here until September 15, though later applications will also be considered as space allows.