In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Widener University will host or participate in a number of community service and commemorative events from January 18-26.
· On January 18 from 12 to 2 p.m., the Institute for Physical Therapy Education and the Widener Physical Therapy Clinic will offer free assessments of assistive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers at 12 different sites in Chester.
· On January 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., members of the Widener community are invited to join members of the Chester community at the Yes We Can Achievement and Cultural Center (YWCACC) to create personalized Martin Luther King Jr. Day T-shirts and to participate in the Pieces of Peace Mural Project sponsored by the Community Arts Center of Wallingford. Participants in the mural project will design quilt patches depicting themes of peace and nonviolence and the pieces will be assembled into a mural. All skill levels and all ages are welcome. The YWCACC is located at 7th and Sproul Streets in Chester. Parking is available in the adjacent lot. For more information, call Ellen Madison at 610-499-4549.
· On January 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Atrium at Widener, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host the annual T-shirt event for students, an activity that embodies the “We’re All Widener” Campaign and engages students in designing T-shirts that symbolize Dr. King’s commitment to social justice and inclusion. For more information, call Michelle Davis at 610-499-4488.
· On January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., volunteers are needed to sort books at the YWCACC. The university and the YWCACC are co-sponsoring the book drive for incarcerated veterans in Graterford Prison. New or gently used books are requested on the topics of religion/spirituality, history and biographies. Donation bins are available through January 18 in the University Center Atrium and the ground floor of Old Main near Campus Safety.
· On January 21 at 1:30 p.m., the School of Nursing will hold an Open House at the Widener Nursing Clinic at CityTeam International at 634 Sproul Street in Chester. The Open House will include a health clinic for residents in the community in need of blood pressure screenings and education resources for supporting healthy practices. The event is also in celebration of the first anniversary of the Widener Nursing Clinic.
· On January 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium at Widener, the Widener Black Student Union will sponsor the annual commemoration of Dr. King including reflections from members of the Widener community on the significance of Dr. King’s life and work.
· On January 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Lathem Hall at Widener, Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, will give a talk titled “The Three Signature Strengths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Dr. Schwartz will facilitate a conversation that examines Dr. King’s strengths and the ways that these virtues dynamically shaped his leadership style.
· On January 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium at Widener, the university and community partners will host a workshop for children and youth on conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and issues that affect urban youth.