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Service Learning

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.