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Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is an important part of Widener’s approach to social work education. Starting in your first year, you will be supported in stepping out of the classroom and into a community where you will experience social work firsthand.

Below are recent examples of civic engagement projects completed by students and faculty. 

Orientation Day Projects

All incoming students participate in a civic engagement project as part of their new student orientation on the last Saturday of August each year. Projects include neighborhood clean ups in Chester and other services at local agencies. 

Healthy Girls of Chester

Christie Rosenzweig, ’15, along with the support of Dr. Marina Barnett, partnered with Chester High School and the Chester Bureau of Public Health to evaluate the effectiveness of a health awareness program designed to increase health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among female students enrolled in high school physical education classes.

Swimming with Pride

Sara Leonelli, ’15 received a Schmutz Student Mini-Grant for a program designed to introduce Chester youth to swimming and water safety. During her senior year, she worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Chester and the Rocky Run YMCA to offer a series of swimming lessons over six weeks. 

Take Back The Night (TBTN)

The BSW Club co-sponsored TBTN, an annual campus-wide program bringing attention to acts of sexual assault and domestic violence. This daylong program is open to everyone on campus and in the surrounding community. Guest speakers include faculty, students, and representatives from Women Against Rape and the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County