Office of Global Engagement
Dr. Denise Gifford
- Associate Provost of Global Engagement & Dean of Students
- University Center, Main Level
- Contact for Global Engagement Initiatives
- Director of International Student Services
- University Center,
- Upper Level
- Contact for Semester Study Abroad and National Student Exchange programs
Widener is committed to addressing a wide range of issues connected to the future viability of communities including social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges.
This broad umbrella makes it possible for students in every discipline to take part in global engagement opportunities in which interdisciplinary teams of faculty, staff, and students partner with community members around the globe.
Over the past eight years, Widener has partnered with Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU) to develop a variety of exchange activities for students and faculty.
Each May, Widener brings students to CTBU to participate in a 3-week culture and academic study exchange program. The program has more than 120 alumni, who regularly describe their participation as a “life-altering experience,” and several have returned to China for extended study abroad. CTBU students also come to Widener to pursue their majors and enrich the diversity of our student body.
Widener graduate students have also taken advantage of the China hub. Graduate students from clinical psychology, social work, human sexuality, and physical therapy have participated in service-learning programs, which provide staff training, student workshops, and consultation at CTBU and a local Chongqing orphanage.
See Flicker for photos of trips to Widener’s China Hub.
Costa Rica Hub
For about a decade, the lush, coffee-producing landscape of Costa Rica has been a destination for Widener students and faculty. In collaboration with local farmers, Widener students and faculty have been engaged in on-going research to support organic coffee production and exploring ways to combat the impact of climate change on the ecology.
The university now has a permanent facility in Costa Rica to call home. CARES21 (short for Consortium of Agro-ecological Research and Education for Sustainability for the 21st Century), is located about 20 miles north of the capitol of San Jose. The site provides a home base for existing projects and for developing new multidisciplinary research and educational programs in one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries.
Read more about students' experiences in Costa Rica.