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.
Drives to benefit Domestic Violence survivors
Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 S. College Ave.
Donate your used cell phones to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donate cleaning supplies being collected by Child, Inc. for domestic violence survivors when they leave protective shelters in Delaware. Both of these non-profit agencies actively work to end dating & domestic violence and to assist survivors. The drive has been organized by our Dating Violence Counselor. Call 831-3457 to schedule an appointment.
October 20, 21, 22nd: 12:30-2:00pm
Phi Sigma Sigma will be collecting toiletries, non-perishable food items, especially: canned tuna, canned soup, coffee, coffee creamer, rice, instant mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, cooking oil, powdered juice mixes, hot cocoa mix, sugar, instant oatmeal, household items, especially: laundry detergent, toilet paper, trash bags, Ziploc freezer bags, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and clothing such as slippers for women and children, bath robes, pajamas.
Pumpkin Painting & Carving
The Scrounge, Perkins Student Center
Join Opt4 for some good old-fashioned fun with pumpkin painting & carving! Pumpkins are provided & it's FREE!
First Down Student Tailgate, UD Homecoming Game
Hospitality Village, Delaware Stadium
Join us in the Hospitality Village on South Campus for pre-game fun in a student-friendly environment. Guests will be treated to music, games, a photo booth, face painting, inflatables, giveaways, and more.Read about all the Homecoming Week events!!
How Domestic Violence Changed My Life
Guest Speaker Miss Delaware, Brittney Lewis
115 Purnell Hall
Join us for a talk with the current Miss Delaware, whose platform is Domestic Violence. This event is provided for CAP points and honors Phi Sigma Sigma's sister Allison Schmidt, who lost her life to domestic violence. Bring items to donate to drives to benefit Domestic Violence Survivors (see above). Sponsored by Phi Sigma Sigma and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee. Read more on the facebook page. See all SAPE events.
Student Life Career Panel
Career Services Center, Academy Street
Hear from a panel of Higher Education professionals who work in the field of Student Affairs/Student Life. They will speak about their graduate school experiences, getting started in the field, choosing a path, their own career paths, and the graduate school process. They will answer audience questions and after the panel will be available to mingle and speak one-on-one with participants.
Allison Schmidt Domestic Violence Memorial Walk
Newark Reservoir, Old Paper Mill Road
Join Phi Sigma Sigma for this Memorial Walk to honor survivors of Dating & Domestic Violence, as well as those who have lost their lives at the hands of an abusive partner. Your $5 purchase of the Memorial Walk shirt serves as your entrance fee to the walk. Open to the public.
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
Get Up, Stand Up! Be a Courageous Bystander
Independence West Residence Hall Lounge
Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? A "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive behaviors, statements, or attitudes. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
European Standards for Sex Education from the World Health Organization
Speaker: Olaf Kapella, Austrian Institute for Family Studies, University of Vienna
STAR Campus, 540 S. College Ave.
Over the past few decades, there have been many developments that highlight the need for sexuality education including: the proliferation of social media, the global spread of HIV/AIDS, increasing concerns about the sexual abuse of children and adolescents, and changing attitudes toward sexuality & sexual behavior of youth, and the globalization and migration of people with different cultural & religious backgrounds. In the face of it, Europe is not leaving young people alone to deal with misinformation, stereotypes and myths about sex. Learn about the World Health Organization's standards for sex education in Europe. Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health and many UD offices and departments. See the flyer.