The Widener community celebrated a day of unity on the third-annual Courage Day this month, organized by the Oskin Leadership Institute.
Oskin Leadership Institute
Here, you will find the leadership development opportunities that will put you on the inside track to a successful career with greater responsibility and potential for advancement.
Do you have the courage to stand up for what is right? The courage to forgive? Courage Day inspires the entire Widener community to reflect on courage.
Widener’s Apogee Scholars, winners of the High School Leadership Awards who have chosen to attend Widener, plan Courage Day. Another 100 student volunteers help run the event.
The event is held in collaboration with Widener’s Oskin Leadership Institute, the mission of which is to encourage students to lead outside of their comfort zone, with the aim to inspire and prepare students to become strategic leaders and responsible citizens.
High School Leadership Awards
The Institute, in partnership with NBC10, honors the region's future leaders through the High School Leadership Awards.
The program recognizes students from more than 150 high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrate courage and leadership within their communities. Students are selected for their ability to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools.
Collegiate Leadership Competition
The Oskin Institute prepares and supports competitive student leadership teams that compete in regional leadership competitions.
Beideman Visiting Scholars
The Oskin Leadership Institute Beideman Visiting Scholars Program brings distinguished scholars from outside institutions to share their expertise at Widener by guiding faculty and student discussion and research. The Beideman Visiting Scholars program was established by Paul Beideman, current vice chair of Widener's Board of Trustees, along with his wife, Caroline, in 2011.
Heather "Lucky" Penney, 2018-2019
Heather “Lucky” Penney was part of the first wave of U.S. women who went directly into fighter planes from pilot training.
Most widely recognized for her service on Sept. 11, 2001, Penney deployed that morning from Andrews Air Force Base in an F-16 fighter jet to bring down United Airlines flight 93. The nation was under attack and there was no time to load ammunition or missiles onto the jet, so her task was to use her own plane to find and bring down the hijacked commercial airliner. The plan to crash into the Boeing 757 was essentially a suicide mission. United flight 93 crashed on its own in Shanksville, Pa.
Past Beideman Visiting Scholars
Rear Admiral (ret.) Margaret "Peg" Klein, Spring 2018
Dean of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
Dr. Peggy F. Barlett, 2017-2018
Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University
Leith Sharp, 2016-2017
Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University's Center for Health and Global Environment
Cynthia Figueroa, 2015-2016
Commissioner for the Department of Human Services (DHS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Sean Hannah, 2014-15
Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management at Wake Forest University
Dr. Susan Komives, 2013-14
Professor emerita in the student affairs program at the University of Maryland
Dr. Mary Gentile, 2012-13
Director of Giving Voice to Values
Students connect and engage with civic leaders and like-minded classmates through workshops and team-building activities, participate in service experiences, and explore Chester and the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Recent News About Leadership on Campus
Widener University is pleased to announce a major gift in the name of a former member of the university faculty.
Widener and NBC10 honor 163 regional students at the annual Widener University High School Leadership Awards.