Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson
October 23, 2023
Now in its second year, the President’s Student Advisory Council has begun meeting with President Dennis Assanis and other administrators to offer their views and recommendations on a variety of topics that are important to the University of Delaware experience.
The council is composed of 13 undergraduates and four graduate students, including the presidents of the Student Government Association and Graduate Student Government. Through an application and interview process, members were selected last spring from about 60 students who had been nominated by various leaders at UD.
“This is an engaged, accomplished group of students representing every portion of the University. My wife, Eleni, and I are looking forward to hearing their perspectives and insights about the issues that matter to them,” Assanis said. “Together, we can work to improve our campus community for everyone at UD.”
The council will meet regularly to provide their input and feedback on multiple student-centered topics, including the University’s accomplishments and its challenges. Through meaningful dialogue, workable recommendations will be developed to address students’ concerns. For the fall semester, the council is exploring the topic of civil discourse.
“Civil discourse has long been a value at UD, and I believe it can be emblematic of the UD community,” said José-Luis Riera, vice president of student life. “President Assanis has a vision that every student will graduate with strong skills in civil discourse, so we are excited for the council to come up with creative ideas to elevate the learning and engagement of civil discourse for all Blue Hens.”