Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 University Student Handbook 
2021-2022 University Student Handbook [FINAL EDITION]

The Center for Civic and Global Engagement

The Civic and Global Engagement (CCGE) houses the university’s offices of Civic Engagement, Global Engagement, and International Student Services. As a local-to-global community portal, the Center works closely with students, faculty, staff, and community members (internal and external) to support with service learning initiatives and projects, global travel (short-term and long term), and with international student needs ranging from immigration services to cultural adaptation and community-building.

Civic Engagement

Widener University promotes civic engagement initiatives for all students, faculty, and staff. The Center helps identify and address community issues, promotes opportunities for individuals to become actively engaged citizens, and creates opportunities to practice democratic leadership in order to contribute to the vitality and well-being of the metropolitan region. The Center for Civic and Global Engagement connects students with civic engagement opportunities through direct volunteer service, service-learning, capacity-building, economic development, political engagement, and advocacy.

The Center fosters opportunities to educate, empower, and equip Widener students to become personally and socially responsible leaders. These opportunities include scholarship-based programs such as the Bonner Leader program and the Pride Service Site Leaders program, as well as the Maguire Scholars Program, and ongoing civic and leadership development events.

Events include a pre-orientation leadership institute, weekend retreats, issues-awareness speakers, political engagement initiatives, campus-wide service projects, and promotion of volunteer opportunities throughout our region.

The Center for Civic and Global Engagement always welcomes new partnerships and collaborations to cultivate transformational leaders who promote positive change in our local and global communities. To learn more about integrating civic engagement into your educational experience, please visit the Civic Engagement website.

Global Engagement

Widener University promotes global engagement and provides supports for both international students and students studying abroad through several short-term and long-term programs.

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides immigration services to international students, assists international students with adaptation to life in the United States, and offers the opportunity for domestic and international students to interact through an extensive calendar of programs. ISS strives to prepare all students for success in a diverse and global society. For more information, visit the International Student Services and the Study Abroad Program website. 

The Office for Global Engagement is the support system for our students throughout the entire study abroad process from application to reentry. Widener students have engaged in study, research, internships, and community service programs all around the globe. From conducting research on sustainable farming in Costa Rica to climbing the Great Wall of China, a world of possibility awaits students at Widener University. For more information, visit the our Global Engagement website.