The W.R. Crigler Institute
The Crigler Institute, named for Ursinus’ first African American graduate in 1956, offers a four credit course during the summer and fall of the first semester of first-year students. In addition to the coursework, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a community service project, connect with Ursinus alumni, and attend leadership workshops. During this three week period, students will live in a residence hall on campus. The Crigler Institute generally begins the last week of July and through the first two weeks of August.
The mission of Ursinus College is “to enable students to become independent, responsible and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education. That education prepares them to live creatively and usefully and to provide leadership in their society in an interdependent world.” Through these same ideals, the Crigler Institute’s goal is to facilitate a seamless transition into college life for students who are members of historically underrepresented groups.
Goals of W.R. Crigler Program
- Enhance participants’ exposure to intellectual discourse
- Provide a framework that supports meaningful friendships and active participation in campus life
- Expose participants to a variety of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity’s campus partners who are invaluable to student persistence and success
About W.R. Crigler
“Bob” Crigler graduated in 1956. He was a psychology major and a student athlete at Ursinus. Much of his career was spent as the executive director of the Chaparral Treatment Center in Colton, Calif., a multi-disciplinary residential care therapy and education center for severely emotionally disturbed children.