At Widener, service learning is the foundation of the Widener educational experience.
On one hand, service learning is a motivating concept that we use to connect our communities to our classrooms. On the other hand, service learning is one of the most important ways students develop a social conscience that connects their hearts with their minds when they come into Widener’s living and learning community in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Widener’s service learning courses, as taught by our faculty, provide innovative opportunities to be of service to individuals, public schools, public service agencies, and nonprofit organizations within our partnership network.
Service learning courses are offered every semester. A sample of past service learning courses include:
- PSY 105: Introduction to Psychology
Students serve as peer-tutor/mentors for pre-K through 8 children in Chester-Upland school district.
- ENVR 180: Sustainable Development
Service Learning in Tropical America Studying butterflies in Costa Rica is the focus for students learning about the principles of sustainability.
- FRS 101 College, Service, and Community
Organizing a Bicycle Drive In partnership with CityTeam Ministries in Chester, students develop and carry out a fund-raising campaign to buy bicycles for children.
- HIST 388 African-Americans in New Orleans
Students research and report on African, Caribbean, and African-American influences and intersections, culminating with a trip to New Orleans to historical and cultural sites is included.
- PSY 288 Stress Management For Health And Wellness
Taught inside the Chester State Correctional Institution (part of Temple’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange), students study stress, stressors, and study the relevant research in stress management.
Through service learning, our students are prepared to lead and establish new rules of engagement in Chester, the region, and around the world.
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.