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Voices of UD

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Connecting the University of Delaware community

Logo (yellow type on blue background) of the University of Delaware's Voices of UD: Connecting the University of Delaware Community.

The power of the spoken word unites us and our campus. Since 2017, members of the UD community have shared their thoughts on the divided nation, how words matter and the destructive nature of hate speech, how to speak up for democracy, and, most recently, the pandemic's impact. Visit Listen to UD for highlights since 2017.

Sharing your personal stories breaks the silence and has an impact. We invite you to share an audio or video message, considering these questions: 

  • Is the new normal beginning to feel normal?  
  • With the presidential election, do you feel you have a role in the outcome?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?

Due to the personal nature of this topic, submissions can be published anonymously. You can indicate your preference to remain anonymous when you submit your message.

Each week, we will share a selection of messages and post highlights on Twitter (@udcpc) and Facebook (facebook.com/UDEpicenter/). Check this page for updates. Listen to the latest Voices of UD messages.

Guidelines

You must be the sole author of your "Voices of UD" message, and it may not contain content that is defamatory to a third party, obscene or inappropriate. Your message must be accurate and truthful without misrepresentation of individuals, facts or events. The CPC may request validation of content. Voices of UD is open to all members of the UD community, including students enrolled in degree or certificate programs; alumni; members of UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); and UD staff and faculty.

Submitting your Voices of UD message



  • Use your smartphone video or voice recording app (Zoom also works) or your computer to record a 1 to 2-minute audio or video message.  
  • The optimal length is 1 minute and shouldn't exceed 2 minutes (about 150 to 300 words).
  • Do a quick test to make sure your sound is clear and understandable.
  • Submit your message to bit.ly/voicesofud2020.

Create a meaningful message

  • A personal story can be more meaningful than a generic anecdote.  

  • Your message can be heartwarming, sentimental, funny, or triumphant.

  • Think about how you can enlighten or inspire others. 

  • Speak from the heart and in the first person, avoiding the editorial "we."

  • Construct your message in three main parts: introduction, explanation of central focus and finally resolution or takeaway.

  • Deliver your message as though you are speaking to a friend, using conversational, descriptive words and phrases that fit your natural speaking style and tone. 

UD Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy on Misconduct

Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct 

Contest organizers who are made aware that a student may have been the victim of discrimination or sexual misconduct are obligated by federal law to inform the University's Title IX office. The Title IX office will decide if the incident should be examined further. If you disclose such a situation in your submitted contest entry, the contest organizers cannot promise confidentiality.

If you have experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct and would like to discuss it with a trained individual in a confidential setting, please visit the website of the University's Office of Equity and Inclusion at http://sites.udel.edu/oei/. You will find information about the University's non-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies, helpful resources, and instructions on how to report incidents.

To speak confidentially with a licensed counselor or a member of the clergy, please visit the Center for Counseling & Student Development at http://sites.udel.edu/counseling/. You can also find licensed counselors at Student Wellness & Health Promotion (http://sites.udel.edu/studentwellness/) and within pastoral care. For more information on reporting sexual misconduct, including confidential disclosure, please visit https://sites.udel.edu/sexualmisconduct/how-to-report/. For 24-hour crisis assistance and victim advocacy and counseling, please visit http://sites.udel.edu/sos/24-hour-help/.

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  • Center for Political Communication
  • 190A Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-7771
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  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Political Science and International Relations