Monday, March 30, 2015

Widener University Promotes Awareness of Domestic Violence

Chester, Pa. – The Widener Center for Violence Prevention will host, Take Back the Night, a day of events that promotes awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence on Tuesday, March 31 starting at 10 a.m. in the University Center (14th Street between Melrose Avenue and Walnut Street).

The day will begin with workshops and the Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts created by survivors of abuse and those who have lost loved ones to violence. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own T-shirts in dedication to victims.

Several workshops will be held throughout the day in University Center, including a workshop on Title IX and on self-defense with MBMA Karate. 

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a keynote lecture featuring Katie Koestner, founder of Take Back the Night Foundation, who will speak about alcohol, sexual assault, and responsible decision making. The first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally at age 18, Koestner was the subject of an HBO movie and has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Each session is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Christie or Sara ( or

Take Back the Night is an internationally recognized event intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of violence towards women. In recent years, Widener University has expanded the scope of the event to demonstrate a zero-tolerance mentality towards all acts of violence against both men and women, on campus and in the community at large.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The National Congress of Black Women Delco Chapter 2015 Honorees

Local dignitaries and honorees

Essington, PA: The National Congress of Black Women Delco Chapter held their annual banquet honoring local Delaware County residence on March 28, 2015 at the Clarion Hotel. The theme of the Chapter was “Are We Still Living Selma Today?” Voting rights was the mission of today’s banquet spoken by Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia West, Associate Professor from Lincoln University. Entertaining guests were a praise dancer, “For Collective Women” with poetry and drumming, Soloist Bellvesta, and Comedian Michael Collier. 

The following honorees were recognized by the NCBW:
Councilwomen Sharon Booker - Sharon Hill, PA
Mrs. Djuana Davis - First Pentecostal Holy Church, CUSD
Mr. Rick Jacobs - Executive Director-The Philadelphia Union Foundation
Ms. Thea Scott - Administrator Christiana School District
Superintendent Gregory Shannon - Chester Upland School District
Pennsylvania Advocacy Award: State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland
Lifetime Achievement Award: Physician Dr. Christopher Hannum
Sojourner Truth Award: National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Xi Chapter
Dr. C. Delores Tucker Award: City of Chester Health Commissioner Ms. Ieasa Nichols

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chester High School Supports Seth

Picture via web

Chester High School students and staff will be wearing yellow ribbons in support of Seth. “Seth was born with a rare disorder called severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) that affects his immune system, and makes him more susceptible to infections.” He is waiting for a donor to get a second bone marrow transplant. Yellow is Seth’s favorite color and on Friday, March 27, 2015 people around the world will be wearing yellow to support him and spread awareness about SCID. Donations are also being made through the Bubble Foundation, the organization that helps immune-comprised children. GoFundMe page for him
More Information Here with Video

5K Color Run to Benefit the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic

Chester, Pa. – Students from Widener University’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education have organized a 5K color run on Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
to benefit the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. The student-run clinic aims to improve healthcare access to physical therapy services by providing pro bono care to underserved and uninsured individuals in Chester and surrounding communities.

Pre-race festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Widener’s Memorial Field behind Old Main with lawn games, music and a warm-up led by the Widener Wellness Center staff. Participants are encouraged to register at this time prior to the 4 p.m. race start. All who register will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses and a beverage voucher for use at Maggie May’s Campus Pub after the race.

To pre-register online, visit Individual registration is $25, and individuals who register as part of a team with eight or more members pay $15 a person.

To learn more about the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, visit .

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WAWA Teams up with Youth Court

 Photo by WAWA

For the second year the WAWA legal staff in Wawa, Pennsylvania has teamed up with the Chester High School Youth Court to share their legal expertise. Last year, the Street Law Cooperation helped bring this partnership together. WAWA legal staff came out to the high school and taught two great legal lessons. Students followed up in a day long career workshop at WAWA University on Monday, March 23rd. WAWA combined interesting activities with legal lessons for a fun and educational day.