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Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness connects the dots between many types of wellbeing. Explore how Widener’s communities and resources can help you develop deep connections and a strong sense of purpose.

Explore Spiritual Wellness at Widener

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Religious Organizations & Spaces

Although Widener University is not affiliated with one single religion, we’re committed to the faith lives of all of our students and support religious and spiritual student organizations, worship, and special events. Our Interfaith Sacred Space is a central location for you to nourish your spiritual life in an open, accepting, and unique environment through prayer, reflection, counseling, activities, and more.

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You Belong Here

At Widener, we prioritize and celebrate diverse viewpoints, cultivating a vibrant community that cherishes your individual input and accepts you for who you are. In this way, we can establish an inclusive and supportive atmosphere where everyone belongs. Explore how you can enrich your college experience by getting involved on campus, embracing Widener's traditions, leaning on our supports, and more.

I don't feel in touch with my spiritual wellness. Where can I go for help?

Your personal safety is top priority to us. 

In the event of an emergency or if you require immediate assistance, call Campus Safety at 610-499-4200.

  • For other personal safety resources and report forms, visit the personal safety hub.
  • If you're sick or need medical consultation regarding birth control, immunizations, or other wellness needs, visit the physical health and wellness page or call 610-499-1183 to schedule an appointment with Student Health Services.
  • To support a diversity of differently-abled students, Widener also offers a variety of accessibility services for academic, housing, and/or emotional support animal accommodations.
  • Pride Pantries are available throughout campus with food and toiletries. Take what you need, when you need itno questions asked.

Balancing your academics at the collegiate level can be overwhelming, but at Widener, we're here to help. 

You have many academic success resources available to you whether you're struggling in a particular course or are just looking to get some extra feedback to increase your confidence in a subject area. From drop-in hours at the Math and Writing Centers to longer-term academic coaching and tutoring programs, we're here to support your learning at your pace. When you feel confident in your academic skills, you have more time to focus on personal development.

Feeling connected to the people around you and the community you live in is essential to spiritual wellness. You will always belong at Widener and have the support of our university community, but there are steps you can take to feel more connected.

Getting involved is a great way to start looking for new groups of friends who share the hobbies, values, and interests that you do. Through campus clubs and programs, you can explore your opportunities to connect with others at Widener. That could look like:

  • Joining or starting a student-run club or organization like Black Student Union, a Greek life organization, Lone Brick Theatre Company, and dozens more
  • Coming to the homecoming tailgate, watching a late-night movie on campus, stopping by a finals week stress relief program, or any other event that requires no commitment, just your participation and enjoyment
  • Playing in a club, intramural, or varsity sport, or cheering on the Pride at a game
  • And much more

You don't need to be super involved to feel like you belong at Widener. Check out the belonging hub for more ways to get connected to community including:

  • Living in themed, living-learning, or gender-inclusive housing
  • Learning about resources for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for LGBTQIA+ students, international students, and more
  • Addressing homesickness and roommate disputes
  • And much more

Finding purpose is at the heart of spiritual wellness, but that's always easier said than done. At Widener, we're constantly looking for new ways to connect our students to the resources that help them move closer towards their unique spiritual wellness.

If you're looking to connect or reconnect with a specific religious practice, we offer a number of religious organizations that host student worship.

If you're looking for ways to give back and help others, consider joining a service organization to engage civically and deepen your community ties.

If you're looking to connect to the natural world, you could:

Remember, spiritual wellness is a lifelong pursuit and feelings of isolation and indecision are completely normal. But you don't have to face these feelings alonewe're here to help.

When you lose a sense of spiritual wellbeing for too long, that can be a sign that your mental health needs some support. Your mental health wellness is of the utmost importance to us, and you should never hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Counseling and Psychological Services team.

The mental health success hub can help connect you with additional resources to help you get to the root of what's bothering you and create a better future one step at a time.

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Report Discrimination & Protect Spiritual Wellbeing at Widener

You have the right to practice your spiritual wellness in a safe and inclusive environment at Widener. We strongly condemn discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct and urge students to report any incidents of such—including bias based on a protected class, such as religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation—as soon as possible.

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