CHESTER, PA -- Zachary Hill of North Plainfield, N.J., a sophomore civil engineering major at Widener University, is among 38 students to complete the Widener Leadership Certificate program during the spring semester through the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener.

To earn the Widener Leadership Certificate, students must complete 18 one-hour workshops through the Oskin Leadership Institute on a variety of leadership-related topics including ethical fitness, personal courage, leadership myths and stereotypes, leading groups, decision making, and peer leadership, among others.

Students must then develop their own leadership philosophy that addresses the competencies and challenges of leading oneself, leading others or leading change. Students present and explain their leadership philosophy at a ceremony and receive their certificate.

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"Our students have a strong desire for leadership training and experiences that will help differentiate them in the job market and inspire them to be leaders in their professions and in their communities," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

The Widener Leadership Certificate program was designed to be completed in two years. since the program was launched in fall 2013, more than 1,000 undergraduate students participated in at least one of 380 leadership workshops offered by the institute.

The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website,