What is a Bonner Leader?
A Bonner Leader is a student who strives to bring awareness of social issues to campus, to learn from their community partnership, and to engage other students in being leaders in the community. Bonner Leaders look for a positive way to impact their community, their college campus, and their own lives.
What does a Bonner Leader do?
In our program, we focus most on student development through direct engagement in the community. Students in the Bonner program meet with the program director, fellow Bonners, and their site supervisors in the community often to improve their skills and deepen their understanding of social issues affecting their community partners. Regular meetings provide the opportunity for students to build a community and reflect on their work in the community together. As students increase their skills, knowledge, and experience, they advocate for larger social and policy changes.
Bonner students are also very engaged on campus. They are focused on creating a greater understanding of campus-community collaboration as well as engaging other students in the important work to be done in the community. Many Bonner students are leaders on campus through organizations like Student Government, Residence Life, Community LINK, Campus Kitchens, and MPRIG.
Expectations of a Bonner Leader
- Express a passion for community involvement, social justice, and political issues
- Make a two year commitment to participate in the Augsburg Bonner Leaders Program
- Serve 10-15 hours a week at a community partner site during the school year
- Attend a regular reflection, enrichment, and training activities
- Engage in service opportunities with other students in the city
- Be an active participant and community builder by giving time and leadership for the good of the program
- Communicate via email and Moodle on a regular basis