Serve. Learn. Lead.
Widener partners with local organizations and civic groups to develop innovative community outreach programs in greater Philadelphia. Through service we stretch our minds and hearts, whether we’re teaching kids in Chester, preparing taxes for low-income and disabled residents of Delaware County, or organizing an anti-bullying vigil for at-risk teens. We’re not afraid to go where the greatest need is. Widener students have built schoolhouses in Bolivia and installed solar panels in villages in Panama.
Widener’s community outreach programs will help you gain hands-on experience, hone your leadership skills, grow your professional network, and broaden your worldview.
Contributing to Sustainable Solutions We’re proud of the positive impact our students have made on the lives of individuals, families, and communities through initiatives like these:
- Widener’s Childhood Development Lab School offers unique preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten programs, and serves as a learning laboratory for Widener’s education and social work students.
- The Widener Women’s Leadership Forum, held through the academic year, provides interactive workshops in leadership and accountability, work-life balance, and diversity, as well as professional networking opportunities for women at various stages of their careers.
- Students enrolled in a Magazine Journalism course planned, reported, wrote, edited, illustrated and designed Chester magazine, an online and print publication about the city. The university awarded the class a $1,000 Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant to produce the magazine. The grant is distributed annually to support undergraduate student-led projects that focus on Chester and are developed in collaboration with a Chester community partner to address the city’s needs.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.