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UDAAP Advisors

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Latoya Watson, Assistant Dean
Latoya Watson


I am a proud Blue Hen! I earned my bachelor's in Marketing and Management in 2004. In 2008, I earned my Master of Public Administration with specializations in State and Local Management and Education Policy. Currently, I am studying for a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

I have over twelve years of experience in the fields of higher education and education policy. For five years, I served as an Academic Advisor II in University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For two years, I served as an administrative academic advisor for the Associate in Arts Program. In 2015, I accepted an appointment to be the assistant dean for the Associate in Arts Program. I work in the field of higher education because college was a transformative experience for me. As assistant dean, my goal is to help you learn and grow through your college experience. 

My office is located at 109 Mitchell Hall on the Newark campus. My office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at (302) 831-3020 to schedule an appointment.

Melvin Mendoza, Dover
Melvin Mendoza

I’ve had quite the journey to get to the University of Delaware. I grew up on the sunny coast of California, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine and a M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. I also have a M.S. in Counselor Education from East Carolina University.

I started working in academic advising at Indiana University, and now I am here at the University of Delaware. I briefly worked as an academic program coordinator with the College of Arts and Sciences on the Newark campus before moving on to join the AAP Advisement team. It is a privilege to help students navigate their college years. Outside of the office, I enjoy playing tennis, playing video games, watching Netflix, traveling, and reading comics.

I look forward to helping students in Dover succeed in their first couple years in college and transition to the main campus. 

To schedule an appointment with me, please follow this link: My office is located in Room 759 of the Education Technology Building.​

Nicole Young, Wilmington
Nicole Young

I have been an academic advisor at the University of Delaware Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington since March 2016. Before that I served at West Chester University for about nine years. I also have experience working in music and the arts, Greek life, and event planning and have been an active collegiate advocate for social justice and safety. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, I earned my B.S. in Professional Studies: Psychology, Health Sciences from West Chester University and my M.S. in Organization Leadership.

Within the AAP, I advise first-year and sophomore students and instruct First-Year and Sophomore Seminar courses. I know that having someone you can rely on to help you through your journey is invaluable, and I am happy to help in any way that I can. You can reach me at or by phone at (302) 571-5663. From Monday through Thursday, you can reach me at my office in Room 301A (inside the lab) of the UD Downtown Center; Fridays, I am located in Room 426 of the Del Tech Building. 

Stephanie Shupe, Georgetown
Stephanie Shupe

Hi there! I'm the newest member of the advisement team, joining the AAP in March 2018. Originally from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, I earned my B.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University, where I also completed four years of competitive swimming at the Division I level. Immediately following my undergraduate degree, I attended West Chester University, where I obtained my master's in education in Secondary School Counseling. I decided to seek certification for secondary counseling in both Pennsylvania and Delaware; this successfully landed me in southern Delaware, where I spent the last three years as the college counselor at Cape Henlopen High School.

The college experience has always been one of great significance to me, and I genuinely enjoy mentoring students as they navigate their own pathways. In my downtime, you can find me either venturing out on the beach with my dog, reading a novel, or just simply enjoying time with family and friends. You can reach me at or by phone at (302) 855-1657, ext. 7055. 

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UDAAP Advisors
  • Associate in Arts Program
  • UD Academic Center
  • 300 N. Orange St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 571-5395
  • Fax: (302) 657-5198