Bonner Congress Meeting
October 6-8, 2017
Siena College 

Meeting Fee: $75 (includes meals and accommodations)


About Bonner Congress

Bonner Congress Representatives from around the country will gather with a mission to develop their Ideas to Action Plan, strategize ways to support their program, and learn from each other and national partner organizations. The Ideas to Action Plan prompts student representatives to come to the meeting with a range of ideas for improving and enhancing the Bonner Program and service more broadly in their campus communities.

About Siena College

Siena College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college located in Loudonville, New York—10 minutes from the state capital of Albany in the heart of the New York’s Capital Region.

With 31 majors, 80-plus minors and certificates, and prestigious joint-degree programs in liberal arts, science and business, Saints have over 1,200 unique ways to reach their personal and professional goals. But that’s just the beginning.

Our 3,000 Saints come from all over the world and leave not only with a deeper understanding of it, but the tools needed to take an active and meaningful part in it. They quickly realize a Siena education isn’t something you get, it’s something you do.



Siena College is located in Albany, NY

  • From the North - From the Northway (I-87), take Exit 5 (NY 155). Turn left on NY 155 to US 9. Turn right onto Route 9 for two miles. Siena is on the left.

  • From the West - From the New York Thruway, take Exit 24 (Northway I-87). Follow Northway North to Exit 5 (NY 155). Turn left on US 155 to US 9. Turn right on US 9 for two miles. Siena is on the left.

  • From the East - From the Massachusetts Turnpike, take the New York State Thruway to Exit B-1 (I-90 West). Follow I-90 to Exit 6 (US 9 North to Loudonville). Follow US 9 North approximately two miles. Siena is on the right.

  • From the South - Travel north on the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 23 (I-787). Follow I-787 North to I-90 West. Take Exit 6 (US 9 North to Loudonville, first exit off I-90). Follow Route 9 North approximately two miles. Siena is on the right.

For Google map directions, enter your starting address in the "from" box. The 'to" box is the address for the college's main entrance, which is located at 515 Loudon Rd. Loudonville, NY 12211.



Recommended Airport
Albany International Airport
Miles from Siena: 4
Airport Code: ALB

*We will be providing shuttles; however, we will need to know flight information by September 30th. After this date, we cannot guarantee shuttles for students and campuses will be responsible for making arrangements for their students. 


Like all Bonner Congress meetings, participants will be housed with the host students (in this case, Siena students) in residence halls and apartments, both on- and off-campus. This is a free option and is automatically arranged when you register for the conference. Be prepared to sleep on floors and couches. Just be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow!


  • Comfortable clothing and shoes. Casual is fine
  • Bedding (Sleeping bag/Blanket) and pillow
  • Toiletries with shower shoes
  • Energy and ideas! 

Tentative Agenda

Friday, October 6

Time Activity
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome and Opening
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activities

Saturday, October 7

Time Activity
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM All Group Session
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Elective Workshop Block 1
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM Idea to Action Planning
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Elective Workshop Block 2
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM All Group Session
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activities

Sunday, October 8

Time Activity
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Elective Workshop Block 3
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Closing


Workshop Submission

Workshop design and presentation is open to anyone attending the meeting.  We especially encourage teams of students, faculty, partners, and/or staff to work together to design and present workshops. (NOTE:  The Bonner Foundation does not provide travel expenses for partners and guests interested in attending the meeting.) 
Bonner Congress  will offer three one-hour elective workshop blocks.  Each block will feature numerous (10-15) choices that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn and share models, best practices, innovations, and nuts and bolts for the Bonner Program and campus-community partnerships.
Topics for the workshops may include:

  • Social Justice— why and how programs can build an emphasis on social justice and systemic social change; how individuals can be effective agents for social justice through civic action i.e., service, advocacy, public education, economic development, social entrepreneurism; public narrative;
  • Community Partnerships, Service and Impact—in particular, we want to highlight high-impact community engagement practices, such as developmental structures within service sites, the roles of student site leaders, structures for partner voice in institutional decision making, partners as co-educators, capacity building projects for non-profits, community-based participatory research, integrating proven program models and assessment; and how institutions can provide needed services in research and advocacy;
  • Student Development and Leadership—topics will include effective training and reflection activities; student leadership roles in the program, on campus, and in the community; Bonner Congress Representatives' successful big idea work; and Bonner and Senior Intern roles;
  • Campus-wide Culture and Infrastructure—here, we'll feature strategies for expanding and enhancing campus collaboration, mobilizing other students, measuring and deepening institutional engagement, and integrating social media 
  • Program Development and Management—bread-and-butter workshops on staff development; expanding staffing; AmeriCorps planning and management; fundraising and resource development; integrating VISTAs and full-time AmeriCorps members; and strategic planning;

Need ideas or help on designing your workshop? Visit our Workshop Resource Center