What can Student Wellness & Health Promotion do for you?
If you are a member of the UD FACULTY or STAFF, our office can provide:
If we cannot provide what you need, we will work with you to direct you to the appropriate service agencies in the surrounding community. Furthermore, a variety of educational resources materials are available at our office including videos, brochures, and more!
For more information, please contact us at 831-3457.
Are you concerned about a student?
Many faculty and staff pride themselves on knowing what’s going on with their students and often are the first to see warning signs and red flags concerning a student’s behavior and academic performance. Our staff is here to support UD faculty and staff who may find themselves in the position of providing guidance, advice or support to students with challenging and/or difficult personal circumstances.
Below are links to more information on issues and concerns that your student may be facing and ways that you can offer support:
You can also review our Guidelines for student intervention and referral.
Do you need to make a referral to Student Wellness & Health Promotion?
Faculty and staff members can refer a student to our office for individual counseling, support, education, advisement, crisis management or consultation for any of the topics listed above.
To make a referral you can call our office (with or without the student present), walk them over, or print out a referral card below and provide the card and information to the student you are concerned about.
Take a moment to review our Guidelines for student intervention and referral.
Do you need a guest speaker?
Professionals from Student Wellness & Health Promotion, as well as trained student Peer Educators, can come into your classroom to deliver presentations to enhance your syllabus or to provide an educational experience for your students in the case of a planned faculty absence.
If you are looking for a presentation that has an academic focus and professional feeling, consider requesting one of our Professional Presentations. Created and delivered by professionals from Student Wellness & Health Promotion, these programs offer insight and detailed information on a variety of topics such as nutrition and fitness, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, gambling and more!
To request a professional presentation, you can complete & submit our Program Request Form or call us at 831-3457. Topics we offer include, but are not limited to:
- Stress Management
- Body Image
- Disordered Eating
- The Components of Wellness
- Alcohol Physiology
- Wellness Topics for Women
- Alcohol and other Drugs
- Substance Abuse v/s Substance Dependence
- Smoking Cessation
- Dating Violence
- Sexual Assault
Interactive Peer Education Programs:
If you are looking for a fun, interactive, student-led program, consider requesting one of our Interactive Peer Education Programs. In this series of programs, student peer educators facilitate fun and interactive programming that is designed to be educational and engaging. Students learn and interact differently when they are taught by their peers. Offer them a program led by fellow students, to whom they can relate, and watch the fun they have while learning! Possible topics include sexually transmitted infections, holistic wellness, stress management, along with other fun and interactive educational experiences.
If we cannot provide what you need, we will be happy to work with you in order to direct you to the appropriate service agencies in the surrounding community. Furthermore, a variety of educational resource materials is available at Student Wellness & Health Promotion, including videos, brochures and other interactive programming materials.
Are you looking for Outside-the-Classroom Activities?
Encourage your students to expand their knowledge by participating in educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
Student Wellness Events as Extra Credit: Throughout the semester some of your students may ask for ways to earn extra credit. Through attending and participating in Student Wellness & Health Promotion events, students gain an educational experience focused on student wellness directly applicable to their lives and possibly applicable to your subject matter. Asking students to write a paragraph or provide a handout from the event can be a time-saving way for you to offer extra credit to interested students; and it allows students to further explore what they gained through experiential learning. See our list of upcoming Student Wellness & Health Promotion events at the bottom of this and every page on our website. Call our office if you wish to plan further in advance and would like to be provided with a longer range of planned events.
If you do not find what you are looking for, Student Wellness & Health Promotion staff are happy to collaborate with you in order to design opportunities for presentations in your class or outside-the-classroom learning that will meet the needs of your students and your curriculum.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students: There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students interested in helping other students and learning more about their own health and wellness.
- POW! Promoters of Wellness (Pow!) -- is a peer education organization whose members seek to promote better nutrition, safer sex, positive body image, enhanced fitness and stress management on campus. Members conduct outreach and also provide interactive educational programming.
- V8 presents OPT 4 -- Opt 4 is a student organization formed to facilitate fun and safe alternatives to drinking and drug use. Students who don’t want to sit at home alone but who don’t want to go out to parties where drinking is the main event, can join Opt 4 and be part of a proactive, fun and safe alternative. Opt 4 offers fun, educational programs on alcohol & drugs.
- SOS Sexual Offense Support (SOS) -- is a volunteer organization that provides services for survivors of all forms of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Volunteers receive training to provide support, information, referral, & advocacy to victims, and to provide educational & prevention-oriented programs on relevant topics for the UD community.
- Internships -- Student Wellness & Health Promotion offers opportunities for undergraduate internships and graduate-level assistantships. Encourage your students to contact us if they are interested in an internship focused around promoting student health and wellness. Student Wellness & Health Promotion staff will work with your student to create an internship opportunity that will meet your academic requirements and their learning interests.
Wellness Assessments: Students can schedule appointments for FREE screenings and health self-check-ups. These face-to-face appointments will allow a student to speak with a counselor and receive feedback about the wellness issues most concerning to them, including alcohol and drug use, healthy sexuality, body image and disordered eating, stress or smoking cessation. Students can also participate in E-CHUG, an interactive, online alcohol assessment where they will receive personalized feedback about their drinking, in language students can relate to.
Support Groups for Students: Student Wellness & Health Promotion offers two support groups for students: Substance Abuse Support Group and Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group. These groups are designed to offer support and feedback for students dealing with these difficult issues. Students are encouraged to contact Student Wellness & Health Promotion at 302-831-3457 in order to talk with a counselor and see if participating in group is right for them.
Wellness-related Student Projects: If your student(s) choose to do a wellness-related project or presentation, encourage them to contact Student Wellness & Health Promotion. Our staff members would be happy to schedule an appointment with a student in order to help him or her and to provide resources and support when possible. Students can contact Student Wellness & Health Promotion at 831-3547 to schedule an information appointment.
Delaware's Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, Multi-Purpose Rooms, MLK Student Center, Dover
Speaker: UD Alumni and Survivor, Kristen Baumer, was abducted as a freshman at UD. She will speak about her experience. She is part of the RAPE Outreach Team and has shared her story on The Biography Network's "I Survived" and the I.D. Network's "House of Horrors: Kidnapped." Kristen hopes that she can make a difference in others' lives by sharing her story. Those affected by crime are invited to bring writings, artwork or other meaningful items to be posted on the Memorial Walls which will be on display at the event. See the flyer. Sponsored by Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force. Calll 1-800-Victim1 if you need accommodations or information. See the flyer. Free and open to the public.
Art Party with Opt4
Central Green in front of Gore
Come out for Tie-dyeing, decorating Opt4 shirts, finger paint, puffy paint, glitter glue, bubbles, and mocktails. Sponsored by Opt4.
QUIZZO: Fundraiser for Natasha's Justice Project
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
SAGE is hosting Quizzo to raise money for Natasha’s Justice Project. The organization was created by Natasha Alexenko, a sexual assault survivor, who has made it her life’s work to advocate for the elimination of the rape kit backlog in the United States. Natasha’s story is featured in the HBO Documentary Sex Crimes Unit, which was shown as part of the Women & Gender Studies Department's Film Series in March. Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE).
Changing the Conversation: The Story of a Night
It's time to change the conversation around sexual assault. In this program, you will hear Jane's story and be part of transforming societal responses. Learn how you, and all of us, can make a difference in Jane's life and in the lives of other survivors. Start changing the conversation right now! Presented by S.O.S. and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Speaker & Shoes at Trabant Theater
Be on the lookout for your favorite fraternity brothers, male professors and staff as they don four-inch bright red stiletto heels to march around the north green. This will be a fun opportunity for men to educate and inspire the campus community to take action in the prevention of sexual violence, and learn about resources for victims on campus like Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.). A limited number of men-sized high heel shoes will be provided, so come early to reserve your pair of shoes for this popular march (or feel free to bring your own high heels!). As the saying goes, you cannot truly understand another person's experiences until you have "walked a mile in their shoes." For more information about the national campaign, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org. Sponsored by Inter-Fraternity Council as part of UD's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
This program will help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Presented by S.O.S. for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Powerful Partnerships Conference: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead
The Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence are co-hosting this conference which will highlight the power of partnerships in working to end gender violence. The conference will create a unique space for survivors, community activists, advocates, researchers, business leaders, and government officials from across the nation to come together to share findings, best practices, and lessons learned and to foster trust, resilient relationships, and innovate strategies for addressing gender-based violence as we look forward to the future. A variety of workshops, roundtables, panel presentations, and poster sessions integrating research and practice will be offered. Learn more & register today!
Take Back the Night March & Speak-Out
120 Smith Hall (for the speaker, where the march begins, and for Speak-Out after the march)
Guest Speaker Andrea Gibson will kick off this year's Take Back the Night March! Women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at Take Back the Night Marches for over 30 years. Join your fellow students at the University of Delaware as we "take back the night" and speak out against campus rape and violence. All are welcome to participate! Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE). Check back for details. Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.