Community Week 2016: February 8th - 12th!

Community Week is a new week created by the Office of Civic Engagement, with the assistance of a faculty and staff committee. Held, February 8th through February 12th, Community Week is meant to: 

  • dispel myths and stereotypes about Chester
  • educate students, faculty and staff about Chester's diverse narratives
  • encourage engagement with our community and highlight important community projects

Attend great events like the Volunteer Fair, support local food and businesses in the Taste of Chester, debunk stereotypes and myths, and celebrate our Chester pride.

Monday, (February 8th): 

Volunteer Fair: (11-1pm, UC Atrium) Get involved in Chester! Come meet community partners and Pride Service Site Leaders who will share opportunities to engage with our community. 

Passport to Chester Contest (All Week): Explore Chester and support local business through the “Passport to Chester” interactive scavenger hunt.  Contestants can share pictures throughout the week and be entered to win some great prizes. (Adapted from the Anthropology department and Brett Alvare's portfolio project assignment)

Courageous Conversions Part II (Lathem, 7pm) Join roundtable discussions and intergroup dialogues with members of the university community regarding issues of pluralism on campus. (Office of Multicultural Student Affairs)

Aramark Community Tasters (All Week): Aramark will be partnering with the Office of Civic Engagement to feature foods that speak to the heritage and food culture of Chester.

Tuesday, February 9th:

Making a Difference: Service-Learning Workshops: (11am and 2pm) Presidential Service Corps Bonner Leaders will be facilitating two workshops to Education and Hospitality courses preparing students to engage in service-learning with the community.  (FULL at this time)*

Making our Mark: Building Bridges in Chester: (6pm – 8:30pm, MJ Freed Theater, 515 Avenue of the States, Chester): Engage with the Bridges and Boundaries project in creative place making with fellow Chester community members in this dynamic and interactive workshop. Transportation is available departing from the UC Atrium at 5:30pm. Food will be provided.

Books Like Me: (5:30pm – 7pm, Stetser Elementary) Following in the footsteps of Ball State University, Professors Dana Reisboard and Mary Gozza-Cohen along with Stetser faculty will be co-hosting an event with Stetser elementary.  Widener Teacher Candidates from two different education courses will be working with parents and community members to conduct a book review to identify culturally appropriate and relevant reading materials for purchase and future use in Stetser's PreK-5th grade classrooms.

Selections from the Alfred O. Deshong and Widener University Collections.": (10am to 7pm, UC Art Gallery) Visit a treasure of Chester. Alfred O. Deshong was a wealthy Chester industrialist and art collector. See his collection filled with landscapes, Japanese art, Oriental bronzes, carved ivories and more. Also open to the public on Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4:30pm. Don’t miss this special exhibit!

Wednesday, February 10th:

Chester Senior Center Lunch (12pm, Pride Café): Wisdom from our elders! Come visit, learn and dine with four Chester Senior Center members. Hear their stories about growing up in Chester. Students, staff or faculty can sign up to dine with them at the Volunteer Fair on Monday.

Story Circles: (1pm to 3pm, UC Room C): Tell your story with Seletz Visiting Civic Fellow, Tim Eatman, co-faculty director of Imagining America and Professor of Education at Syracuse University. Tim will facilitate student, staff, faculty and community members in a story circle about service, civic engagement, and the community.

Civic Engagement Poster Fair (5pm – 7pm, UC Atrium). Civic engagement is core to the mission of Widener University. Come see posters from Widener faculty and students highlighting projects with the community. Posters will be featured from the 2015 HIP fair, the Chester Magazine, service-learning projects, and student civic engagement.

Thursday, February 11th

Taste of Chester: (12pm to 1pm, UC Atrium): Buy local! Delight your taste buds with local Chester delights as you sample foods from local businesses.

Crossing the Bridge (5pm - 6pm, UC Quiet lounge): Group dialogue focusing on continuing to build relationships between the university and our local community (Office of Multicultural Student Affairs)

Friday, February 12th:

Passport to Chester Contest: (OCE, 5pm). After a week of immersing yourselves in Chester, the Passport Contest Winners will be announced! Drum roll please!

Fare and Square Shopping Trip: (Departing UC Atrium, 3pm): Bring your grocery bags and support the first nonprofit grocery store in the country. Sign up at the Volunteer Fair on Monday!

Valentine's Making for Chester: (5pm, Pride Café): Happy Valentine’s Day, Chester! We love our community and you can show your love by making valentine’s for local children.

We look forward to a great week!


Posted by Gretchen Mielke on February 03, 2016
Join us for a great week!
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