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LaShanda A. Patton, MS

  • Director, Civic Engagement

Education

  • MS, Organizational Leadership and Development
    Peirce College (PA) 

About Me

As a member of the Center for Civic and Global Engagement team, I oversee the day-to-day operations of the Bonner Leaders, Maguire Foundation Scholars, and the Pride Service Site Leaders scholarship programs. The Scholar's and I continually work to build a more collaborative campus and deeper connections to community partners that further the university’s civic mission, while also educating and empowering them to be more civically focused citizens. 

As a veteran, I have always had a passion for community engagement and I now get to foster that through my work with the Center. I feel that I truly get the best of both worlds. I get to play a pivotal role in the lives of students while connecting them to life-changing experiences in the Chester community.

Additionally, I support Global Engagement and International Student Services as a designated school official.

In the Media

Noteworthy

  • Political Science and Sociology Student Receives ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll

    By: Riya Sembhi '25 secondary education, English

    Taylor Easter ‘25, a political science and sociology major, has been recognized for her nonpartisan democratic engagement work as an awardee of the 2023 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s Student Voting Honor Roll. She was one of just 175 students nationally to be recognized through the program.

    ALL IN works to improve civic engagement, voter participation, and political education with campuses nationwide.  

    The award highlights Easter’s commitment to increasing student voting rates, education, and turnout efforts, as well as ensuring equitable access to the polls. With a focus on civic engagement, Easter hopes to continue her political engagement on campus and beyond. She credited Director of Civic Engagement LaShanda A. Patton for unwavering support and encouragement of her efforts at Widener.

    Share link: https://www.widener.edu/node/30346/