Fall 2019 Bonner Congress Meeting

October 4-6, 2019 at Centre College

Danville, Kentucky


Registration • Call for Workshops & Speakers • Agenda • Logistics & Travel

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.


Nestled in the bluegrass region of central Kentucky, 2019 marks 200 years of Centre College history. Centre is a liberal arts college of about 1,400 students. With a mission to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership, and service, Centre is nationally recognized as a deeply engaged campus with an intensely personal education. As part of the Centre Commitment, students are guaranteed a study abroad experience (with over 85% of the student body studying abroad at least once), an internship or research opportunity, and graduation in four years or the College will provide up to an additional year of study tuition-free. Centre is also known for hosting the only vice presidential debate in both the 2000 and 2012 General Elections.

2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Centre College Bonner Program. Founded in 1999, Centre was a part of the first wave of schools to adopt a Bonner Leader Program on their campus. In 2008, Centre was awarded a Bonner Scholar endowment making it one of only three hybrid (Scholar & Leader) programs in the entire Bonner Network. The Centre Bonner Program is a diverse and vibrant community. Some students were born and raised in eastern Kentucky while others come to us from California and New York. The Bonner Program has been instrumental in deepening and expanding campus-wide community and civic engagement on Centre’s campus. From shaping the successful creation and launch of a Social Justice minor in 2018 to a different Bonner student having served on the Board of Directors at Grace Cafe, a local nonprofit pay-what-you-can restaurant, since it first opened its doors four years ago.

The Centre Bonner Program has much to be proud and grateful for over the last 20 years. We look forward to hosting Bonner Congress 2019 to celebrate the past 20 years of impact and invite you into our story to help shape the next 20 years.

Click here for presentations from the 2018 Bonner Congress Meeting.


Below is a tentative agenda for the 2019 Bonner Congress Meeting at Centre College.



Registration for the 2019 Bonner Congress is now open. The registration fee is $90 per person which covers meals, lodging, and shuttle transportation if flying in and out of the Louisville airport within necessary timeframe. The deadline to register is Friday, September 6th, 2019.



If you would like to submit a workshop to present at the 2019 Bonner Congress at Centre College please use the link below to fill out a proposal. We are particularly looking for workshops (but not limited to) the following categories:

  • Activism, social change strategies, and social justice

  • 8 Themes/strengthening Bonner developmental training calendar

  • Capacity building projects

  • Community-engaged capstones

  • Inspiring examples of Bonner Cornerstones

  • Bonner Common Commitments

  • Bonner Alumni engagement

  • Bonner Pipeline/Professional Development


The deadline to register a workshop is Friday, September 6th, 2019.


Travel arrangements (driving or flights) should be arranged so that participants arrive on campus between 2 pm and 6 pm on Friday Oct. 4th, 2019.

Campus map found here.


The address for Centre College is 600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422.  You can find travel directions on their website here.


We strongly recommend that you fly into Louisville International Airport (SDF). We will be arranging shuttles from the Louisville airport to campus on Friday Oct 4th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm and from campus to the Louisville airport on Sunday Oct 6th after the closing session. You are welcome to fly into a different airport; however, you will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to campus.

See below for more information on transportation options:


Louisville International Airport (SDF, Louisville, KY. 85 miles to campus)
Blue Grass Airport (LEX, Lexington, KY. 30 miles to campus)
Cincinnati Airport (CVG, Cincinnati, OH. 120 miles to campus)


Participants are housed on campus (i.e. dorm rooms) or in off campus apartments with Centre College student hosts. Hosts may include Bonners, Greek Life students, Residence Life students, as well as other engaged students. Student participants should anticipate sleeping arrangements on couches, dorm floors, etc. and will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.