Community Outreach

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.

Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

Difference makers

Dr. Marina Barnett Video

Difference makers

Catherine Rawlings Video

Difference makers

Dr. Jeannette Wyatt Video

Difference makers

Dr. Nadine McHenry Video

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1821 Experience

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.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
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.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
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.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.