Parent & Family Orientation

- Virtual Orientation Experience
Open to:
  • Accepted & Incoming Undergraduate Students
Parent & Family Orientation in Widener Colors with a Dark Blue background and inside track branding

Welcome to The Pride! It’s time to celebrate!

As the parent of a Widener student, you are part of the Pride family! We invite our parents and families to see themselves as our partners in supporting your child's educational experience. Please join us for a virtual Parent & Family Orientation session to learn about important University resources, and how best to prepare your student for success this fall.

Participants are encouraged to join the call at the beginning of the program and will then have an opportunity to pick and choose which sessions to attend. We completely understand the complexities of working and learning from home and are happy to remain flexible.

10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: Welcome to the Pride!
Dr. John Downey, Dean of Students
10:05 a.m. Academic Breakout Sessions (By Your Student's Major)
10:30 a.m. Navigating Widener Finances 101
Diana Barraclough, University Bursar
Paula Lehrberger, Director, Financial Aid
10:55 a.m. We're all Widener: Celebrating the Pride Community
Michelle Davis, Chief Diversity Officer
11:15 a.m. Resident or Commuter Student: Your Second Home is Here (Choose 1)

Residence Life: Your Home Away from Home

Alexandra Silvestre, Assistant Dean, Residence Life

Commuter Life: Finding Success in Commuting
Victoria Dean, Director, Student Engagement
11:40 a.m. Student Conduct: Community Standards and Expectations
Carlyle Lawrence, Assistant Dean, Student Conduct
12:00 p.m. Campus Safety: Ensuring Safety at Widener
Anthony Pluretti, Executive Director, Campus Safety
12:20 p.m. Student Health & Wellness: Health is Wealth
Ellen DeLuca, Director, Student Health Services
Jennifer Horowitz, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

If you need assistance, then please contact the Orientation Team in the Office of Student Engagement via email at orientation@widener.edu or by calling (610) 499-4411.