Fall 2018 Bonner Directors Meeting

October 28 - 31 @ Claggett Retreat Center


Early each November 120+ campus staff in the Bonner Network who manage the Bonner Program and campus-wide community and civic engagement centers gather for training, discussion, reflection, networking, and program planning.


See highlights of Fall 2018 Bonner Director Meeting, including presentations and handouts.


Below you will find a blocked agenda with tentative program types and times. You may also download the attached draft agenda (pdf version), which will continue to evolve until the meeting.



As always, Bonner directors, coordinators, and other staff and faculty who attend the meeting can submit and present a workshop there. Additionally, national partner representatives may wish to submit and present workshops as well. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase program best practices, engage in dialogue and discussion about key issues, share a model or strategy that is working, or even get input on a new initiative. For this meeting, we are looking in particular for workshops that explore themes like:

  • Bonner Program Fundamentals: models and best practices around recruitment, retention, student development, program management, cornerstone activities, and other fundamentals are always important at this meeting.

  • Stories of Impact: gathering, quantifying, expressing, and sharing the impact that your Bonner Program makes on students, communities, partners, and the institution.

  • Capacity Building: strategies that your program has used, especially with partners and students, to integrate a stronger focus on capacity building projects.

  • Academic Integration: strategies, best practices, and barriers for integrating the Bonner Program and community engagement more broadly with academic study, faculty teaching and learning, and curriculum.

  • Staff and Student Development: in light of the Bonner Pipeline Project and 8 Themes Initiative, sessions that also build the knowledge, skills, competencies, and tools of our staff and students to succeed and grow in their work are also sought.

Travel and Logistics

The Claggett Retreat Center is situated on 268 acres with a working farm and fantastic views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monocacy River Valley.


Claggett Retreat Center — Address:  3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710


There are three nearby airports:

  • Dulles International Airport is 38 miles away (50 minute drive).

  • Reagan Washington National Airport is 48 miles away (52 minutes drive).

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is 58 miles away (59 minutes drive)


Claggett Center features hotel-style rooms. Foundation staff will aim to accommodate specific housing requests made by individuals in their online registrations. Please note, however, that Claggett Center is providing only certain numbers of rooms with a mix of doubles and singles. We may not be able to accommodate all requests. Some staff may elect to stay off campus (at their own campus expense). Thank you.