We prepare students to serve their communities by developing their competency, character, and courage to be effective leaders.
In 2011 we established the Oskin Leadership Institute to add value to our legacy in civic engagement, experiential learning, and service for all our students. Our leadership philosophy is characterized by:
Our Freshman Seminars are one-credit courses emphasizing academic support, but they also provide the foundation for the emotional and organizational competencies you’ll need to experience new things and embrace new challenges. Through our service learning courses, you’ll learn how to apply what you learn inside the classroom to solving the problems going on outside in the local community region and beyond.
Our Project Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) activities will get you in touch with your “inner leader,” and you’ll take the lead on a civic engagement project. Our Enhancing Leadership Via Activities, Training, and Engagement (ELEVATE) program is a series of workshops focused on developing your leadership potential. You can then take what you learn and build a “leadership concentration” into your Widener undergraduate degree.
As a graduate student, you can earn a certificate in leadership from our School of Business.
Widener hosts the region’s largest U.S. Army ROTC program, ranking in the top third of programs nationwide. During your first two years, you can participate in ROTC by taking military science electives; there’s no obligation to join the Army. Then, by your sophomore year, you can step up to the ROTC’s Leaders Training Course.
All undergraduates can test their courage by applying to be President for a Day. And the president will be “you for a day,” going to your classes and following your daily routine. You’ll follow the president’s schedule, meeting with campus administrators and attending the events of the day. You’ll also get a chance to propose a university-wide initiative of concern to you.
By the time you graduate, you’ll know that your entire Widener University education
prepared you to take the lead.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.