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Five Students Earn LEADERworks Certificates through Oskin Leadership Institute

Students in a LEADERworks workshop participate in a leadership exercise.

The Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University recently recognized five undergraduate students who completed the LEADERworks certificate program during the fall semester.

The institute presented the following students with their LEADERworks certificates during a ceremony on December 1:    

  • Cassandra Angelo, a sophomore nursing major from Toms River, N.J.
  • Shijo Benjamin, a junior biochemistry major Bensalem, Pa.
  • Nicole Cavalier, a sophomore nursing major from Burlington City, N.J.
  • Adrienne Phelps, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from New Ashford, Mass.
  • Tyler Virgilio, a sophomore hospitality management major from Glassboro, N.J.

To earn the LEADERworks certificate, students must complete 18 one-hour workshops through the Oskin Leadership Institute on a variety of leadership-related topics including ethical fitness, personal courage, leadership myths and stereotypes, leading groups, decision making, and peer leadership, among others.

Students must then develop their own leadership philosophy that addresses the competencies and challenges of leading oneself, leading others or leading change. Students present and explain their leadership philosophy at a ceremony and receive their LEADERworks Certificate.

“Our students have a strong desire for leadership training and experiences that will help differentiate them in the job market and inspire them to be leaders in their professions and in their communities,” said Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

The LEADERworks certificate program was designed to be completed in two years. Since the certificate program was launched in fall 2013, more than 1,000 undergraduate students participated in at least one of the 307 leadership workshops offered by the institute.

The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university’s long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university’s website,