The Engaged University: Current Initiatives

UD’s colleges and administrative departments have initiated activities and partnerships with state, county and local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

For example, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension have partnered with the Delaware Food Bank to serve Delawareans through food collection drives, community gardens, gleaning programs and the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign. Through workshops co-sponsored by local and national groups, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is educating policymakers, community and business leaders and other stakeholders about coastal hazards and resiliency issues facing Delaware coastal communities.

The College of Education and Human Development partners with early care providers to enhance young children’s literacy and school readiness. The Lerner College of Business and Economics partners with the business community through its Faculty-in-Industry Residence Program, matching faculty experts with specific project needs. Lerner’s graduate and undergraduate programs conduct field projects with several businesses and non-profits . The College of Health Sciences, in partnership with Christiana Care, has opened a Nurse-Managed Health Center, focused on wellness and disease prevention, and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The College of Arts and Sciences brings the work of UD artists to satellite galleries in Wilmington and Philadelphia. And students and faculty from a number of disciplines are participating in the Delaware Humanities Forum’s Delaware Industrial Heritage Initiative, which documents the state’s industrial experience.

Professional graduate programs engage industry through advisory groups to assure that programs are meeting employment needs and providing students access to projects, internships and jobs. And the Office of Development and Alumni Relations engages alumni in events and programs on campus and off, sponsoring an annual Alumni Weekend; launching; hosting New Student Welcome Picnics in partnership with alumni clubs; organizing alumni events across the nation and around the world; and formalizing a Young Alumni Program.