May 1, 2021

Dear UD Community,

The past year has challenged all of us at the University of Delaware in myriad and unprecedented ways, as individuals and as a community. Through it all, you have demonstrated so much resilience and determination, and I want to thank you for facing and overcoming these challenges to keep our institution moving forward. Truly, you inspire me.

I also know that these hardships have often left many of us feeling physically and mentally drained, and we miss the restorative power of time spent with our families and friends. For some, these and other stressors may cause or aggravate serious mental health problems that require professional attention.

Please know that the University is here to support you, whatever your needs may be. National Mental Health Awareness Month begins today, and I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us to make wellbeing a top priority in our daily lives. For the UD community to remain strong, we must take care of ourselves and each other.

To build our collective resiliency, I hope you will explore the wellbeing resources — many of them available virtually — that UD provides for all members of our community:

  • For Students — Visit the Student Life Virtual Hub to learn about counseling, activities, events and other resources to help promote your health and wellbeing.
  • For Faculty and Staff — Visit Employee Health & Wellbeing for information about the Employee Assistance Program and opportunities related to exercise, nutrition, finances and more.

Also, I encourage everyone to enjoy a special presentation at noon Thursday, May 6, by Vic Strecher, founder and head of the Center for Health Communications Research at University of Michigan. Strecher will speak about how a strong sense of purpose can positively affect your mental health and improve your resiliency. The event is hosted by the Division of Student Life and Employee Health & Wellbeing.

While these may be difficult times, we can rely on the culture of caring that defines the University of Delaware: Reach out to your friends and colleagues, listen to one another and know that resources are available to help you. I am optimistic that the end of the pandemic is in sight, and my wife, Eleni, and I look forward to seeing you on campus again soon.


signature of President Dennis Assanis

Dennis Assanis

University of Delaware   •   Newark, DE   •