Do You Have The Courage?
A new student-led event called Courage Day challenged the entire campus community to be courageous in their everyday lives. (Video produced by Student Intern Chase Morrison). Watch video.
Students join forces to encourage conversations centered around courage.
Courage Day is a student-led initiative that aims to get the Widener community talking about courage. Courage Day is facilitated by the Oskin Leadership Institute joined with Apogee Scholars. There's no getting around reflecting on Courage when it comes to Courage Day. Between 500 lawn signs and 8-foot courage walls in every campus building, the message can't be missed.
Reflecting on Courage
Core leadership questions are presented to the campus:
- Do you have the courage to forgive?
- Do you have the courage to be yourself?
- Do you have the courage to change?
- Do you have the courage to stand up for what is right?
- Do you have the courage to go outside your comfort zone?
- When it comes to courage who inspires you and why?
- When was the last time you showed courage?
The first Courage Day was held November 17th, 2016 and 125 student volunteers ensured the day was a success. Widener students woke up to a sea of 500 courage signs in walkways and parking lots across the university as well as courage walls where participants could personally reflect on courage. More than 800 faculty, staff, and students posted a response on the Courage Walls.
Audrey Rucker, communications '18 and student leader of Courage Day, said, "Courage is rarely talked about, but college students should talk about it because now more than ever is the time for us to come into our own, stand up for our beliefs, and be proud of who we are. It is essential for true leadership. Anyone, anywhere, at any time has the power to show courage, and I am thankful that Courage Day allowed me to spread that message."
Courage Day was led by Apogee Scholars, winners of the High School Leadership Awards who choose Widener. Apogee scholars go through the leadership certificate program and lead change on campus in a variety of ways. This event was created to expose more of the student body to the idea of courage, one of the three pillars of the Oskin Leadership Institute.