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Civic Engagement

Our civic mission is at the heart of everything we do. 

As early as freshmen year, you’ll apply what you’re learning in the classroom to hands-on service projects that address real-world issues. Choose from our rich menu of co-curricular experiences and resources, including Alternative Spring Break, Community Fellows and Engineers without Borders.

Widener partners with service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega on community development projects around the world.

Through civic engagement you’ll develop key 21st century skills in critical thinking, collaboration and socially-responsible leadership.

We Live and Breathe Service

  • Widener’s Greek organizations completed more than 2500 hours of service in 2010-2011.
  • 75 percent of Widener students participate in community service or volunteer activities.
  • Widener ranked 19th nationally on Newsweek’s list of service-minded colleges.
  • 73 percent of Widener seniors have worked collaboratively with their classmates outside of class, compared to 59 percent of seniors nationwide.

Through our civic engagement programs, undergraduate and graduate students engage with local communities in Chester, greater Philadelphia, and around the world.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to serve? Check out Volunteer Opportunities on CampusCruiser.

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

Program Highlight

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.

Program Highlight

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.

Program Highlight

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.

Program Highlight

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.