Personal Support

There are times when we all need somebody to talk to about what we are struggling with or have questions about.  Here at UNCW, there are many resources to help support you through those stressful personal issues.

Assistant Dean Stephanie Ganser is available to talk with you if you need anything.

Assistant Dean Ganser
Contact Information:
Stephanie Ganser, M.Ed.
Phone: 910-962-3119 (to make an appointment)
Office: Fisher University Union, room 2013

Teal Bridge Mentor Program

The Teal Bridge program is a program designed for transfer students, to help meet your needs during this time of transition to UNCW. You are moving into Teal territory and the bridge is how you get there! We know most of you have already been to college before and have an idea of what it is like. However, UNCW is a new atmosphere for you with its own culture, rules, regulations, and resources - some of which you may not have encountered before, but which will be crucial to your success.

Teal Bridge program events and Teal Bridge Mentors (volunteer transfer students) are designed to help you navigate the newness so that you can make the most of your time here. Having recently been a new transfer student like you, Teal Bridge Mentors are ready to share what they have learned and to support your efforts as you adapt to "The Dub!"

To request a mentor, please visit and look for the section on Peer Mentors.

Transfer Student Spotlight

Heather, Major in International Business, minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies

Campus Involvement: On campus I am a Student Ambassador where I meet with the Chancellor and host events with alumni and future Seahawks. I also give tours to prospective students through Ambassadors as well. I am involved with intramural sports, I am a transfer peer mentor, and a Study Abroad Ambassador.

UNCW Resources

Family & Childcare Resources

  • New Hanover County Child Care Subsidy, 910.798.3683
    Smart Start Funds provide parents who work, attend school, or training programs in paying for high-quality child care for their children, infants through age 5. 
  • New Hanover County Department of Social Services, 910.798.3400
    1650 Greenfield Street, Wilmington, NC 28402
    Can help provide information on child care subsidies, prevention services that can help people locate resources for rent, utilities, and food, food and nutrition services that can help purchase food items, medical assistance that can help provide access to medical services for low income people; transportation services to medical appointments, and more.
  • New Hanover County Smart Start, 910.815.3731
    3534 South College Road, Suite F, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Information on child care subsidy, child care program assistance, federal and state tax credits, head start programs, and more.
  • Smart Start PUZZLES Center, 910.815.3731
    PUZZLES provides information about choosing quality childcare, local child care businesses, and licensing requirements.  Counselors provide these services by phone, email, and in person to meet individual family needs and preferences such as location, care for infants and toddlers, hours of operation, and care for children with special needs.  PUZZLES also assists parents of children in navigating and accessing a variety of community services. Information is available on topics such as early intervention for special needs, child care subsidy, access to health insurance, and much more.
  • Child Care Facility Search Site
    This NC Division of Child Development and Early Education site allows you to search for child care facilities in your area. Enter your city, zip code, and any other criteria you would like to search by.
  • Parent Baby Connection, 910.364.9482 or
    Adjusting to life as a family presents many challenges for new parents. Parent Baby Connection is a hands-on interactive workshop for one evening that helps new and expectant parents learn about topics such as safety measures for newborns like proper car seat setup, caring for a new mother and postpartum support, basic newborn baby care techniques such as bathing, feeding, and diapering, and much more.
  • New Parents Support Group, 910.364.9482 or
    The new parents support group is a monthly gathering where you can meet, learn, share, and connect with other new parents. This is a place where you can receive support and guidance from your peers. Each meeting allows for parents of babies 0-6 months of age to share their highs, lows, and discuss topics related to the challenges and joys of parenting an infant.
  • Wilmington Parent
    Find tips and information on childcare, health, schools, families, activities, and more. Check out the family-friendly calendar of events and find family-friendly businesses in your area.
  • New Hanover County Schools, 910.763.5431
    6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Find information on school locations, driving directions, district maps, and links to individual school websites.
  • Pender County Schools, 910.259.2187
    925 Penderlea Highway, Burgaw, NC 28425
    Find information on school locations and links to individual school websites.
  • Brunswick County Schools, 910.253.2900
    35 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422
    Find information on school locations, transportation services, and more.

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