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Continuing to Serve…

 ASPIRE members are encouraged to participate in serviceThe following opportunities are upcoming:

  From Katie Kull 

(1) Tuesday Oct 22nd @ 6pm: “Leaders in ECE”; brilliant discussion on the educational gap that exist in America today and how we need talented ECE teachers to help us close it!

 Latin American Community Center 

403 N. Van Buren 

Wilmington, DE 19805
6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Dinner to follow LACC tour at Los Jardines

  (2) Wednesday Oct. 23rd @ 10am: Visit to a TFA Corps member’s ECE classroom at the Latin American Community Center and discussion on how ECE play a critical role in closing the education gap (Wilmington, DE)

 Contact Caitlin Gleason for more information at 


 From Dr. Carol Wong

 (3) Tuesday Nov 5th from 2pm-3:pm  serve as student guide for the Success through Education Conference

 The purpose of the conference is to initiate a partnership between the University of Delaware and Delaware high schools in order to recruit a diverse teacher population.

 Contact Carol Wong for additional information at


Learning More About Each Other

On Wed. Oct 3, ASPIRE members  joined other campus leaders in presenting a panel discussion to freshmen enrolled in a section of the Freshman Year Student Expeience.  The group focused on Things They Wish They Had Known as Freshmen.  While the conversation was lively, the highlight of the interaction was adjourning for lunch at the Indian Sizzler on Main Street!

You Don’t Want to Miss…

People’s Choice


Melva Ware pictured above with ASPIRE leaders Teresita Mariano, Quindara Lazenbury, and Taria Pritchett

ASPIRE Director, Melva Ware, was recognized on Saturday, November 12, 2011 by the Delaware Chapter of 100 Black Women, Inc.  Dr. Ware received an award as the Peoples Choice, given a letter writing campaign mounted by ASPIRE leaders which resulted in Ware receiving more nomination letters for an award than any of the other awardees.  The day-long networking summit was titled, My Sister’s Keeper, and it was organized to explore issues that relate to the health, education and welfare of African American women and families in Delaware.  The awards ceremony took place during a luncheon attended by about 300 people to celebrate the achievements of “unsong sheroes” who have made a positive difference in the lives of girls and families.    Ware noted during brief remarks that she was most pleased by the opportunity to introduce the community to folks in several organizations, including ASPIRE, Learning Link of Delaware and Minorities Achieving Collegiate Success.  Ware noted further that these folks are involved in efforts to engage students and families in planning for college and are waging a battle to overcome low expectations that are visible in the acceptance by too many students of mediocre grades.  Ware suggested that the whole community must agree to challenge low expectations. 



ASPIRE President Hosts Freshman Conversation with Author Rebecca Skloot

 ASPIRE President, Quindara Lazenbury, introduced UD President Patrick Harker, to begin the recent presentation by author Rebecca Skloot, who spoke to UD freshmen on October 13.  Ms. Skloot, author of this year’s common reader, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spoke about her expereinces in writing the book and about her life as a very independent student.  She credited her curiosity and unwillingness to accept “no” or “no information known” as an answer with her success in researching and writing the story of the Lacks family. 

The Crew at the Beach

Faith Roach, a 2011 Elementary Education graduate and Bruce Aldred, Biology ’12, formed a very powerful partnership to support middle school students who are headed to Cape Henlopen high school and slated for participation in the AVID program. 



Newark HS at Newark High School  Mon, May 2, 2:30pm-4:00pm


Glasgow HS On Campus    Wed, May 4, 9am-Noon

You can sign up for one hour blocks!




University of Delaware celebrates its First Annual Asian Culture Festival “CollaborASIAN” on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 7-9pm in Trabant Multipurpose Room…BE THERE!!!

Recruiting Teachers and Administrators Who Value Diversity, Inclusion and High Achievement for ALL Students

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.



To register for the event, please email your name, home address, phone and e-mail address to Erika Dawson at the University of Pennsylvania: or call 215-573-5511.

Feb. 12-14: UD Celebrates Chinese New Year

12:45 p.m., Feb. 4, 2011—-The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware invites the UD community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year with guest performances by the Jilin University Art Troupe on Feb. 12-14.

The Chinese New Year is actually known as the Spring Festival in China and is regarded as the most important holiday there. Putting posters of “door gods” on front doors, cleaning the house, hosting a large family dinner, and celebrating with a lantern parade, lion dance and fireworks are among the holiday traditions.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, an evening of traditional Chinese New Year festivities will be presented. The Jilin University troupe will be a special guest at this event, which is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Confucius Institute, with the support of the Delaware Chinese American Association. Admission is $5 per person.

On Sunday, Feb. 13, a poster exhibition will be held in the Roselle Center for the Arts. At 7 p.m. in the center’s Puglisi Orchestra Hall, the Jilin University Art Troupe will present an exclusive performance of song, dance, short plays and more, from traditional Chinese opera, to kung fu and tai chi. The events are free.

On Monday, Feb. 14, the art troupe will present at Wilmington Friends School, starting at 10 a.m.