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Each year, new and transfer students are encouraged to participate in the annual Multicultural Student Affairs Pre-Orientation and PRIDE Mentoring Programs.

The 1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience pre-orientation program is held each year in August prior to new student orientation.  The program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds and students interested in exploring the importance of identity, diversity and pluralism in the open and inclusive community at Widener University.  The program will provide opportunities for students to:

  • Move into residence halls early (residential students); become a member of the Widener University community before the beginning of the academic year.
  • Meet and interact with other incoming and returning students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, discussion panels that address a variety of topics and offer strategies for a successful transition to college life.
  • Become familiar with the Chester Campus and learn about the available resources for all students.
  • Participate in unique group explorations; travel to attractions in nearby Philadelphia and Delaware County; experience the history and cultural diversity of Chester, Pennsylvania.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs NO LATER than AUGUST 1st of each year. There is a charge of $150.00 per student to attend.

Registration is limited to 30 students.

The PRIDE Mentoring Program

The PRIDE Mentoring program provides on-going support, coaching, and guidance through individual and group counseling, workshops, and personal development activities. The program provides individual and group mentoring to support each student's needs and aspirations.

The program is designed to help new students navigate through Widener University by providing them with assistance in:

  • Improving academic performance
  • Making connections throughout the university
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Understanding of academic culture
  • Developing productive relationships with peers, faculty and administrators
  • Developing leadership skills

Program Description

The Widener University PRIDE Mentoring Program is administered by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs within the Student Affairs Division designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of Widener University students. The Widener University PRIDE Mentoring program provides support services to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Widener University PRIDE Mentoring program provides an opportunity for students to forge social and cultural ties essential for academic success, while strengthening identities and enhancing satisfaction with the entire undergraduate experience.

Program Participants

The Widener University PRIDE Mentoring program focuses on improving the retention and graduation rates of students who agree to participate. The program is open to any incoming new or first transfer student who is committed to being academically successful at Widener University by participating in an array of academic, social and professional activities offered through the Widener University PRIDE Mentoring program.


Important Features of the PRIDE Mentoring Program include:

  • Weekly connections between protégés and mentors
  • Monthly social activities and events that are planned by protégés and mentors
  • Monthly PRIDE Family Dinnersli>
  • Community Service Projects

Need additional information? Contact the Multicultural Student Affairs Director at for information and protégé application.

Protégé applications are also available in the Multicultural Student Affairs Office located on the upper level of the University Center.