Students walking by Pride Statue

The First Year Experience

Through the First Year Experience you will build a sense of community at your new home by engaging in common experiences and activities around a common theme across your academic and extracurricular lives.

Key Readings

  • Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
  • Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • Brent Staples, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White
    (Brent Staples is a 1973 Widener graduate who was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing)
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

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