Academic Services Staff
Associate Director of Academic Programming - Academic Services for Student-Athletes
nrobinsthompson [at] desu.edu
Nikita Robins-Thompson has been in the field of education for over twenty years. During this time, she’s assisted students in identifying, preparing, and implementing the tools necessary for academic success. She loves her time with students because it allows her to deposit little pearls of wisdom designed to build character and to provide a critical view of life. During her tenure at DSU, she has worked as a transfer admission counselor, academic advisor and she’s taught freshman seminar.
Nikita holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University and a Master Degree in School Counseling from Wilmington University. Her Motto: Let your life be a reflection of your worth…Education is key! Nikita lives in New Castle, Delaware with her husband Jarvis Thompson and son Jayden.
Rachel A. Jennings
Athletic Academic Advisor
rjennings [at] desu.edu
Rachel Jennings currently serves as the Athletic Academic Advisor for the football team. Prior to her start at Delaware State in June 2016, she was a high school English teacher at Samoana High School in Utulei, American Samoa. Additionally, she served as the Director of Academics for two non-profit organizations: Fieldhouse 100 and Pasefika International Sports Alliance. Both organizations worked with college football coaches recruiting the territory of American Samoa. Her years spent with these groups helped close to 100 student-athletes earn full athletic scholarships to a variety of colleges and universities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University.
Athletic Academic Advisor
aysmith [at] desu.edu
Ahira Y. Smith is currently an academic advisor for student-athletes at Delaware State University. Arriving onto the campus in 2012, she has served as Director of Academic Advising for the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, where she worked with students in various majors in the field, including but not limited to: Food Science, Nutritional Science, and Textile and Apparel Studies. Ms. Smith serves on several different committees involving Academic Advising, Career Services, Communication, Networking, Retention, and Student Success.
Prior to joining the Delaware State University Hornet Family in 2012, Ms. Smith had served as an academic advisor for 5 (Five) years with the Center for Academic Excellence at North Carolina A&T State University for both athletics and undecided/undeclared students.
She received her Bachelor of Sciences in Physical Education (K-12) from The Kentucky State University in 2000 and her Masters of Education in Recreation and Leisure from Bowling Green State University in 2002.