Bonner Program

Students being guided by a kumu

What is the Bonner Program?

The Bonner Program is part of a national network that provides students with paid opportunities to develop as leaders and have positive impact on their communities. Through self-reflection, leadership skills training, and the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with community organizations, students acquire real-world skills that position them for fulfilling careers and lives of impact.

Who are the Bonner Leaders?

Bonner Leaders are students enrolled at the university who commit to paid positions of 8-10 hours per week which includes leadership training and on-site work with community organizations. Bonner Leaders are committed to the program for their 4 years of study (2-3 years for Academic Year 2022-23).

The Bonner Curriculum

Bonner follows a holistic, community-engaged, 4-year curriculum. In addition to weekly meetings and service, the program features many keystone experiences including the first-year service trip, community internships, a senior capstone project and more to prepare students to become changemakers.

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Our Sponsors

The Kirk Landry Charitable Fund logoIn 2023 the Bonner Leader program was honored to received a generous donation from the Kirk-Landry Charitable Fund to support the Bonner program as we welcome a third cohort of students!

GEER Summit logo, featuring an illustraton of gears, and the text: Innovate, Inspire, CelebrateIn 2021, the Center for Community Engagement was honored to be awarded a grant from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief fund to build capacity in the areas of higher education that are relational in nature. Thus began our launch of the Bonner Leader Program

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