Life in Our Halls
The residence halls are our Blue Hens' home at UD. We provide students with different opportunities to help them make connections with others and support their personal growth and development. Students can learn through workshops, programs, and even by meeting with their RA individually or as a group.
The Student Leadership & Service Awards (SLSA) are an opportunity for Residence Life and Housing to recognize accomplishments and contributions that our students make within their residence hall communities. Student Leadership and Service Awards also celebrates all the exciting programs and work our students complete throughout the year. All students and staff are welcome to submit nominations!
Students can be nominated for their residence hall contributions for nine different award categories! Nominations for the 2023-2024 awards will open at the end of the fall 2023 semester.
SLSA Awards Categories:
This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or initiative that has advocated to positively impact change within the residence halls. The change efforts and/or initiative was one that reinforced and represented the needs and voices of the community. This award highlights actions carried out through implementation of awareness campaigns, programming, and/or community initiatives that impact students within the residence hall community. An individual or initiative nominated for this award should have identified community needs and contributed in a positive manner to the resolution of that need.
- Nominations may range anywhere from 200 to 600 words.
This award recognizes programs and events that are student initiated and implemented in the halls with community building in mind. The nomination should demonstrate how the program has had an impact on a residence hall community, as well as how the program was planned and implemented by students.
- The nomination statement should summarize the scope and impact of the program on the residential community and how the program was planned and implemented (see above description for more information).
- Nominations may range anywhere from 350 to 800 words in length
This award recognizes an individual who has served in a leadership capacity in their current Neighborhood Empowerment Team and has demonstrated leadership towards the NET goals and missions above and beyond what is expected. The nomination should include detailed examples of his/her contribution to the floor; how the individual has worked towards creating a sense of community on their floor; how the individual has motivated others in the floor community to participate in NET; and involvement in NET Challenges. Student and staff testimonials are encouraged in nomination letters. Multiple leaders may be recognized for this award.
- This nomination should include a summary of the scope and impact of the leader on their residential community and leadership in fostering a strong NET community (see above description for more information). Nominations may range anywhere from 350 to 800 words in length.
This recognition highlights individuals who have had a positive impact on the residence hall experience of another student or students. This award should recognize a resident who has helped make living on campus an experience characterized by kindness, friendship, personal growth, and/or learning. This award is not for a staff member or a student who holds a formal leadership role in the complex (NET Captain). Multiple students may be recognized for this initiative.
- Nominations should include support detailing this resident’s contribution(s) to individuals or the community.
This award recognizes the efforts and contributions of a student in advancing the UD commitment to embrace, enhance and celebrate diversity in their floor, building, and/or area. The nominee should have a) demonstrated respectful and inclusive ways of being when interacting with others in their floor, building, and/or area; b) promoted, enhanced, and implemented an event that promoted perspective building amongst residents c) advocated for inclusion of underrepresented groups where students feel a sense of belonging in the floor, building, and/or area.
- The nomination statement should summarize the scope and impact of the individual’s contributions to the community. Nominations may range anywhere from 350 to 800 words in length.
This award recognizes any community: floor, multiple floors, building, complex, Special Interest Housing or Living Learning communities whose individual members have been significantly involved in the growth and development of the community. The nominated communities also may have made contributions to the larger complex and/or University community. The nomination should include detailed examples of resident involvement in the community (this may include information about NET activities); benefits to individuals in the community; and contributions to complex and University communities. Up to two awards may be given.
- The nomination statement should summarize the involvement of community members and any significant contribution to the larger complex or University community. This nomination should capture why this community is unique to other communities throughout campus. Nominations may range anywhere from 350 to 800 words in length.
- At least one statement of support from a faculty or staff member focusing on personal knowledge of the nominated community and the community’s contributions to the residence halls. Multiple statements of support will be accepted and each statement can range from at least one paragraph to one page (350 words maximum).
This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to their community above and beyond what is typically expected of residential students. This award should recognize a resident who is a great role model, and has positively impacted the residential experience of those around him/her. This award is not for a staff member or a student who holds a formal leadership role in the complex (NET Captain). Nominations should include support detailing this resident’s involvement in complex activities; change they have initiated in self, peers, or the community; and/or other contributions this student has made to his or her community. Up to two awards will be given (one for First-Year area and one for Upper Division).
- The nomination statement should highlight the impact and contributions to his or her community outside of formal or elected leadership roles (see above description for more information). Nominations may range anywhere from 350 to 800 words in length.
This award recognizes a student who embodies the Residence Life & Housing Values of Excellence, Stewardship, Inclusion, Community, Students and Partnership and has partnered with other students or staff to make positive contributions to their residential community. (udel.edu/students/reslife/contact-us/)
- The nomination statement should include support detailing this individual’s ability to connect to the Residence Life & Housing mission statement, “live” the mission statement through their actions towards others and within their floor or building communities. Please articulate how the student demonstrates group connection and/or achievement of the mission statement.
This award recognizes an individual, organization, or department whose work and efforts to collaborate have contributed to enhance the residence hall experience through day to day interactions with students in the residence halls.
- The nomination statement should address how the nominee has made an impact through their work with students and what outstanding contributions they have made to the floor or building community.
Congratulations to the 2023 SLSA award winners!
- Communities of the Year: Harrington Hall A2 and South Academy Hall 2D
- Advocacy Initiative: Annalisa Franceschini
- Connection to the RLH Mission: Ryan Gellner and Peter Buckle
- Inclusive Leader: Shana Slater
- Student Initiated Program: Hannah Leibowitz, Redding 2A Birthday Committee, and Hayley Drysdale
- Citizens of the Year: Emmanuel Ortiz and Abby Skiena
- Partnership: Helen Ann Lawless Director, Strategic Wellbeing & Training in Student Wellbeing
“Contributing to my community gave me the opportunity to create a better sense of compassion and awareness for the needs of others around me. Contributing to activities like these has helped me broaden my perspectives and build meaningful relationships with many different and wonderful people.” - Luke Depireux, Good Neighbor Award Winner
“My leadership skills have improved since becoming a NET Captain. I became more confident in a leadership role and it helped me become more outgoing. I tried my best to know every single person on my floor and say hi to them and talk to them. My inter-personal skills have also improved and I've discovered a love for brining communities and people together.” - Bridget Ednie, NET Leader of the Year Award Winner
We're devoted to supporting Blue Hens in their academic, personal and professional success, and these in-hall programs help us do just that.
RA Catch Ups are one-on-one conversations with your RA about your experience at UD so far and your goals for life after UD. Our RAs are trained to help students get connected with resources on campus to support students through their time at UD.
Your RA will first reach out during Move-in and again later in the semester to schedule a Catch up, but they are always there if you need them. Connect with your RA or Residence Hall Coordinator for more info or if you want to meet with them.
Get Involved: RA Catch Ups: youtube.com/watch?v=O4YnBo1fPaM
Each month, a new culture is featured and celebrated in the residence halls. During community meetings, residents will have the opportunity to learn and reflect about various cultures. Students also have the opportunity to share their experiences with their own culture via our Student Contribution Form which will then be shared in our bi-weekly Cultural Celebration section of the RHC Newsletter.
Each year, members of our community observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain,Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.
Although this month is nationally referred to as "Hispanic Heritage Month" we recognize that there is indeed a historical difference between the identities "Hispanic" (a person of Spanish-speaking descent) and "Latino/a/x" (a person from Latin America or descended from Latin Americans).
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
This month we want to recognize and celebrate the history and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx communities, and how their presence makes UD a better place to live.
October is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. LGBTQ+ history month has been celebrated in the United States since 1994.
The "+" is added to LGBTQ to more fully encompass everyone on the spectrums of gender and sexuality. This includes those who may identify as intersex, asexual, aromantic, gender fluid, pansexual, etc.
For this community, pride is a large aspect of their culture. June is Pride month and every year, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates in a number of ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQ+ individuals have had around the world. June was chosen because of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969.
National Coming Out Day
October 11 is celebrated as National Coming Out Day in the US. “Coming out” refers to the voluntary self-disclosure of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This day was selected to commemorate the March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1987. This event works to continue to create a safe atmosphere for members of the community to live their authentic lives.
November is National Native American Heritage Month or, commonly referred to as, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Native American Heritage Month celebrates the broad history of cultures, traditions, and contributions of American Indigenous Persons. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are indigenous to the land that we now know as the United States of America.
Land Acknowledgement: Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation & Nanticoke Indian Tribe
The University of Delaware occupies lands vital to the web of life for Lenni Lenape and Nanticoke, who share their ancestry, history, and future in this region. This interactive map shows that the Lewes, Georgetown, Dover, Newark and Wilmington campuses are located in these Indigenous homelands: https://native-land.ca/. UD has financially benefited from this regional occupation as well as from Indigenous territories that were expropriated through the United States land grant system since the institution was established in 1743. We acknowledge that the centuries of harm to Indigenous people and their homelands are beyond repair. Yet, we pledge a sustained commitment to accountability.
National Disability Awareness Month is typically celebrated in March, but the Residence Life and Housing community would like to show acknowledgement of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is celebrated on December 3.
On February 26, 1987 President Ronald Reagan officially declared Proclamation 5613, marking the month of March the official celebration of National Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation called for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
All individuals, agencies and organizations supportive of people with disabilities are encouraged to observe with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the contributions and the potential of Americans with disabilities.
NET inspires all members of the floor to contribute to and support the community by maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment. Become a leader on campus by being a NET Captain! It's a great opportunity for students to gain leadership skills within a smaller community. Connect with your RA or RHC if you are interested in becoming a NET Captain. Find your RHC here.
NET Captains are the student leaders of their community that work, in collaboration with their RA, to build a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment on their floor. They have the opportunity to host Student Initiated Programs (SIP), encourage other students to join committees, and advocate for the needs of those who live on their floor.
NET Floor Representatives connect with staff in offices across campus to share information and opportunities with their community. Floor Representatives help to amplify campus resources to support student success and wellbeing, including Student Wellness & Health Promotion, Athletics, Office of Academic Enrichment, and the Career Center.
NET Committees are floor-specific opportunities for residents to come together and informally contribute to their floor community. NET Committees are developed based on resident interests and the needs of the community as identified by its members. Click here for examples of NET Committees!
NET Challenges are monthly activities for community bonding and to help students connect to University, community, and floor events! Each month, a new challenge will be revealed and floor communities are expected to collaborate to achieve the goal of the challenge. RA staff will announce the challenges during community meetings and work with the NET Captain(s), NET Floor Representatives, and members of the floor community to implement the Challenge.
This leadership development program allows students to see into the life of an RA while they learn valuable leadership skills and participate in different campus opportunities. RAILE is available to students living both on and off-campus.
There are varying levels of involvement, so students can determine how much time and energy they commit to the program. Students can complete a variety of activities and components, and will be paired with an RA to serve as a guide and resource.
If you have any questions, email the Leadership Development Committee at email@example.com.
Get Certified in RAILE
Students can achieve the Bronze certification by completing all five core components and the final reflection. These core components include workshops that cover the following topics: Crucial Conversations Workshop, Solution-Oriented Mindset, Intercultural Communication, CliftonStrengths, and Leadership.
Students can achieve the Silver certification by completing all five core components, five choose-your-own components, and the final reflection.
Students can achieve the Gold certification by completing all five core components, ten choose-your-own components, and the final reflection.
Are you looking for an opportunity to host an event for your community? Check out our Student Initiated Programs (SIPs)! Hosting a Student Initiated Program is a great way for you to have a positive impact on your community and grow in your own skills. Funding (up to $40) for this program is available through an easy request process. If you’d like to plan and host your own event, talk to your RA or Residence Hall Coordinator.
Get Involved: Student Initiated Programs: youtube.com/watch?v=JZ-7XwA2haY
Many of our buildings on campus maintain an Instagram account to highlight events and share student recognition. Once you get your building assignment, be sure to follow your building Instagram account for updates!
Follow your community on Instagram!
|Building Name||Instagram Account|
|Lane & Thompson||@lanethompsonRLH|
|James Smith, Thomas McKean||@SmithMcKean|
Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.