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Leadership Development

Since our founding in 1821, we have been preparing students to not just succeed on their chosen paths but to emerge as leaders within their professions and communities.

Student Perspectives

I loved having the opportunity to do research, but also having the opportunity to research with a large medical device company—that’s something you don’t see quite often.
Shaylyn Westmoreland
Class of 2023 and 2024
Graduate | Biomedical Engineering
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Shaylyn Westmoreland smiles for a photo at an industry research conference.

Student Perspectives

Being able to have these internships and experiences outside of the classroom makes me feel happy because not only am I able to build connections, but I’m getting experience and understanding with the career that I want.
Ariana Hurtado-Day
Class of 2023
Undergraduate | Psychology, Pre-Physical Therapy
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Widener student Ariana Hurtado-Day

Student Perspectives

It’s an understanding at Widener that the faculty and staff want their students to succeed.
Michael Fehrle
Class of 2022
Undergraduate | Management
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Michael Fehrle playing for Widener men's rugby

Student Perspectives

When I’m here I feel I am welcomed in the community. That’s what has guided me.
Maritza Garcia
Class of 2025
Undergraduate | Bachelor's degree in nursing
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Nursing student Maritza Garcia poses in blue Widener scrubs

Student Perspectives

It’s really important to me to be involved in setting an image, especially for first-generation students or people who are shy or minority students on campus. I want to use my voice.
Adonijah Allsup
Class of 2023
Undergraduate | Bachelor's in robotics engineering
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Adonijah Allsup, wearing a blue fraternity sweater, poses next to a stone marked 1914

Student Perspectives

Widener is definitely like a home away from home. I spend a lot of time here, so I’ve gotten used to the environment. It’s very comfortable and everyone here is really nice.
Dimple Gandevia
Class of 2023 & 2024
Undergraduate | Bachelor's in robotics engineering; master's in robotics engineering
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Leaders in Leadership

Opportunities for leadership development run through every aspect of the Widener experience—from coursework to experiential learning to community engagement to co-curricular life.

Within Your Program

Whatever your department or major or intended professional path, you'll have access to information and experiences that will give you a distinct advantage in your career—whether publishing research with your professor, presenting at industry conferences, leading a  professional organization, or learning from people whose ideas are shaping their fields.

On-Campus Leadership Opportunities

This campus is alive—with hundreds of clubs, organizations, publications, affinity groups, professional associations, government bodies, performance ensembles, and varsity and club sports teams. Every single one is headed by student leaders, people  who are guiding their peers and bringing their interests to life while setting the stage for future success.

Leadership in Our Community

While earning your degree, play a valuable role in the local community. Whether coaching and mentoring kids, treating patients in a university-run physical therapy clinic, or teaching in Widener's charter school, you will develop the maturity, perspective, and leadership acumen that comes from responsible citizenship.