Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The university holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the research, teaching, and service of all faculty members, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty members from across the institution are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.
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We recognize that in higher education both teaching and research are essential to a vigorous institution and a strong curriculum.
Several programs support new and continuing faculty in their professional development, including the Provost Grant Program, which provides funds to support scholarly work by faculty. We also provide support to faculty who present their work at academic conferences, and for those who conduct research with undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty members also are encouraged to seek research and study grants from agencies and foundations outside the university. The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research coordinates the grant process with the appropriate internal and external offices to assist applicants in seeking partial or full support in the form of private or public grants.
Professional development activities include campus conferences where faculty share research and teaching presentations with their peers, bi-monthly Provost Teas, and mentoring programs to support the needs of faculty members new to Widener University.
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Faculty and staff at the university share a relentless commitment to student success. We enact this commitment by delivering a distinctive and transformative student learning experience by connecting integrated academic support, student support and development, experiential learning, global and civic engagement, health and wellness, an intensive first-year experience, and a robust program for teaching and learning development.
At Widener, there are professors, advisors, counselors, and others who work with all students to help them find their place and their path.
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