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