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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4336
    • fax: 610-499-4605

Civic Engagement, Arts & Sciences

Widener goes beyond encouraging students to serve in the community through service-learning coursework.

The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) has taken the lead on creating sustainable partnerships in Chester and surrounding communities that have created windows of opportunity for both residents and students. A&S faculty and students have performed community-based research on topics ranging from local water quality to public school culture.

Chester Made

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Pew Charitable Trust, various local arts groups, and the Chester city government, Widener is participating in a participatory urban planning process that utilizes the performing arts to help the community envision a culture and arts corridor in Chester.  Learn more about this initiative by joining the Chester Made Facebook page. 

Community Listening Project

Anthropology faculty member Brett Alvaré is leading a community listening project in which Chester community members and organizations are identifying needs with which we can assist through community-based research or service-learning programs.

Widener University Observatory

Physics faculty and students offer free stargazing nights to the public using 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes in the Widener University Observatory. The faculty and students provide free access to high-powered telescopes and information about the stars, planets, and other celestial wonders to all interested community members.