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Commitment to Service

In keeping with the university’s year-round commitment to service, Widener University students, faculty, and staff engaged in a number of outreach events to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including health clinics and working on projects for local schools.

Viraga Perera, a student from Colombo, Sri Lanka who is majoring in electrical engineering and physics, was among members of the Widener community who helped to reorganize the renovated library at Stetser Elementary School next to campus.

By helping out at Stetser and elsewhere locally, he said, “I think we really feel engaged in the community we go to school in. As a student, I feel more engaged and more a part of the community, rather than someone who is visiting here and leaving.”

Widener President James T. Harris III said that the university's mission was especially evident during this day of giving back.

“I think it’s very appropriate that our students and our faculty and our staff take the time on Martin Luther King Day to recognize his legacy – to really say thanks for what he’s done for our country – but also to give back to the community," he said.