Would it be possible to install a plug-in that allows you to include shortcodes in a widget? Here is one example that I found: https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcode-widget/
#2 Updated by Boone Gorges over 2 years ago
- Category name set to WordPress Plugins
- Status changed from New to Staged for Production Release
Installed in https://github.com/cuny-academic-commons/cac/commit/7f422ff366c35ef08834e01c4166393e183b258d. It will be available after today's release.