Fall 2018 Bonner Congress Meeting

October 12 - 14, 2018 at Stetson University

Deland, Florida

"Grow Justice, Grow Peace"


Hosted on a campus in the Bonner Network, about 125-150 student leaders attend and represent their programs and campuses each fall. These students engage in training, discussion, networking, and planning on key initiatives that can strengthen their Bonner Programs, campus-wide engagement, and impact.


Click here for presentations from the 2018 Bonner Congress Meeting.

About Stetson and the Bonner Program

Since 2005, the Bonner Program has been a catalyst for student-led community transformation and social justice at Stetson. Bonner students work with non-profit partners, each intent on collectively and collaboratively solving challenges in our local and global community. The Bonner Program currently engages about 60 students in its developmental four-year structure. Many students serve in neighboring communities like Spring Hill. Stetson has a number of sustained, signature partners include the Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, and the Hope Community Center. Students also enroll in a Certificate for Community Engagement and complete capacity-building capstone projects. The Bonner Program is managed through the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), which also plays the lead institutional role in directing a nationally recognized campus-wide community engagement program delivered through both curricular and co-curricular avenues. Stetson has earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification twice (2008, 2015) and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction several times.

Stetson's Bonner Program selected the theme "Grow Justice, Grow Peace" for the meeting. They hope to showcase several of their key community partners and initiatives that are working on community development, including through community gardening, food, economic development, and education. At the same time, the twist (on the No Justice, No Peace) signifies the ways that Bonner Scholars and Leaders engage intentionally in communities and can promote the Common Commitments, like social justice, through their sustained work and education around issues.


One of the highlights of Bonner Congress is the opportunity for students to network with each other throughout the conference. Networking occurs over meals, during all group sessions, during elective workshops, and during strategic initiative sessions. Additionally, all group programming often features inspiring speakers, including Bonner Alumni, student keynotes, community partners, and campus leaders. Every meeting features some key national and international Bonner Partner organizations, who often share internships, post-graduate opportunities, and program models with attendees. Remember that students can submit an elective workshop proposal (about 10 will be selected nationally, with another 10 coming from Stetson and its partners, and another 10 from national partners). See the link below. Below is a working agenda.