Our students, faculty, and staff serve as teachers, tutors, and trainers in numerous after-school programs, as well as weekend and summer workshops providing academic support and educational opportunities for families and children.
And in 2006, partnering with community leaders and residents of Chester, Pennsylvania, the Widener Partnership Charter School (WPCS) was established. Undergraduate and graduate students in our education, social work, clinical psychology, physical therapy, and nursing academic programs serve as student-teachers, teacher aides, and counselors. WPCS students have access to Widener facilities such as the Wolfgram Library, Art Gallery, and observatory.
Our after- school programs include:
- Widener Cares Tutoring Project
The Widener Cares Tutoring Project connects Widener students, faculty, and staff volunteers who spend an hour each week with elementary and middle school students at the Freedom Baptist Church, The Nia Center, and the Unity Center.
- Widener Reads and Widener Counts
Widener Reads and Widener Counts, as part of nationwide initiatives, where Widener student tutors (paid through work-study grants) serve in the following schools: Chester Community Charter School, Chester Upland School of the Arts, Drexel Neumann Academy, Stetser Elementary School and the Widener Partnership Charter School.
Workshops include the Junior-Senior Summer Challenge Widener collaborated with the CUSD and the Chester Education Foundation to develop 30 college-bound Chester High School students for success in the halls of higher education.
Widener professors and undergraduate students teaching poetry and short story writing during the summer to Chester High School juniors enrolled in The Achievement Project (TAP).
Other Widener partners include the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Philadelphia, which supports our Saturday Ecology Academy for Girls and the Chester Education Council, which supports our efforts in the College Access Center of Delaware County.
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.