UDREAM: Helping Students Succeed In the Classroom and Beyond


In this video, University of Delaware students Ashley Smith, Class of 2024, finance major and Hayley Haddad, Class of 2023, management major with minors in international business and fashion management, talk about how the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics UDREAM (“U” Develop Resources for Excellence in Academic Management) program enhanced their academic experience. Lerner’s Stephen Roberts, UDREAM program coordinator, and Kim Wilson, senior assistant dean, undergraduate advising and academic services, discuss how UDREAM works with students to help them discover their best selves inside and outside of the classroom.


Ashley Smith: Because of the UDREAM program, I was able to finish my first year with a 3.7 GPA and I was selected for a prestigious summer program Girls Who Invest.

Hayley Haddad: Because of UDREAM I was inspired to become a peer mentor. This leadership role gives me the space to grow, become a better version of myself and help other students.

Smith: UDREAM helped me to stay on top of exams, class schedules, and help successfully prepare me for college life.

Stephen Roberts: UDREAM provides support for first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities. We help them succeed by assisting them with setting long and short-term goals, developing organizational strategies and managing their time. We also encourage our UDREAM students to give back as peer mentors. That’s how the cycle of success continues.

Haddad: UDREAM is really something special that the University of Delaware and Lerner College have to offer. I don’t know if I would have experiences like internships or involvement in other groups if I didn’t participate in UDREAM.

Smith: I met new people and became part of the larger UD community. I also got my first summer internship through a UDREAM connection.

Kim Wilson: We create relationships with all of our new students especially with those who are first in their family to attend college. Our team of academic coaches and peer mentors help students learn how to help themselves to enhance their study skills and to access free tutoring services. We want to make sure that our students have their best year ever.

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