Bonner Congress Meeting
October 14-16, 2016
Washington & Lee University 

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 Big Ideas, strategize ways to support their program, and learn from each other and national partner organizations. Now in its seventh year, the Big Idea project 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 Washington & Lee University

Washington & Lee University is located in the historic city of Lexington, Virginia (population 7,000), a warm, welcoming and historic college town located in the Great Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks.

The ninth oldest institution of higher education in America, Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. Offering 37 undergraduate majors and 29 minors, including a number of interdisciplinary programs, the University prides itself on the depth and breadth of our curriculum, in which traditional liberal arts courses are augmented by offerings from the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges.


Washington & Lee University is in Lexington, VA. 

  • If traveling from the north, south or east, follow I-81 to exit 191 (I-64). Next, take exit 55 off I-64. Turn left onto Route 11 south at the stop sign. 
  • If traveling from the west, take I-64 to exit 55. Turn right on Route 11 south at the stop sign.

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 72 N Jefferson St, Lexington, VA 24450.


Recommended Airport
Roanoke Regional Airport
Miles from W&L: 53
Airport Code: ROA

*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, W&L students) in residence halls and apartments both on- and off-campus, gyms, and local churches. 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! 


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