We're All Widener
When "We're All Widener," we all benefit.
More than ever this year, the university has reinforced this message to students, faculty and staff. President Julie E. Wollman wrote a letter to the campus community explaining the powerful call to action "We're All Widener" can serve not only here locally, but around the globe.
"These words resonate for me because they are a powerful statement, but more importantly, they are a powerful call to all of us for respect, mutual understanding, and unity," said Wollman. "These simple words represent to the world the culture of our campus, our values, and our high regard for each other."
Wollman further explained that at Widener, because we value each other, we listen to each other. We try to understand how a person's past experiences, differences, or similarities have contributed to who they are today.
"We seek to first understand and then to be understood," noted Wollman. "We appreciate and value open dialogue and opportunities to learn from each other."
She sees her role as the university's president as fostering inclusiveness on campus, allowing for different views to be expressed and respected. "Our graduates are going to be working in a diverse world with people who have different perspectives," she said.
The faculty listened to the call to embrace the "We're All Widener" values by organizing a rally during the fall semester. They aimed to publicly celebrate the rich diversity at Widener and to demonstrate a commitment to creating a campus culture where all are safe and free to participate in an open dialogue.
Diamond Schuler, a junior communication studies major who attended the rally, said that the students' response to the event was favorable largely because they appreciated the transparency of the faculty, many of whom offered up deeply personal stories.
Schuler added that the event helped clarify what "We're All Widener" means to her: "It's knowing that you're never going to be alone here."