Two Bonners In Top 10 Spelman Class of 2018

Source: Spelman College website

Amani R. Holder, '18, of Saint Petersburg, Florida, has earned the title of salutatorian for the class of 2018.  And, Kimya Loder, a sociology and international studies major, was one of Spelman's class of 2018 top 10 graduates.  Both will be entering doctoral programs next year.

  Amani Holder, Spelman '18

Amani Holder, Spelman '18

Amani Holder was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and serves as the 2017-2018 vice president of the Spelman College chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society for psychology. As part of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, she has completed an honors thesis and presented her research at local and national conferences. Holder was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship and Rachel Robinson International Fellowship to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also received the Gordon-Zeto & Gates Scholarship to study in Cuenca, Ecuador. 

As a Bonner Scholar, Holder served the West End community and beyond completing more than 1,600 hours of service including interning with AmeriCorps, KIPP Strive Academy, Congressman John Lewis, the Behavioral Health Unit of the Fulton County Juvenile Justice Center, and the Center for Black Women’s Wellness.  

Holder is also active on campus as the curriculum coordinator for the Insight Initiative, an organization that mentors and teaches life skills to 3rd-5th-grade students at Dunbar Elementary School in Atlanta. Furthermore, she serves as the service event coordinator for Children’s Village Market which works to combat childhood food insecurity in the West End. 

Upon graduation, Holder will attend Indiana University to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

  Kimya Loder, Spelman '18

Kimya Loder, Spelman '18

Kimya Loder, a Birmingham, Alabama native, chose to attend Spelman because she knew that as a Black woman, there was no other place on earth that could train her to be the socially conscious, global-minded citizen that she aspired to become.

As a Bonner Scholar and Social Justice Fellow who maintained a cumulative 3.89 grade point average, Loder's academic experience has been enhanced by a commitment to social justice and civic engagement. She worked as an advocacy intern for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a human rights program intern for The Carter Center. After receiving her certification in philanthropic management, Loder advanced her journey in sustainable development and founded Children’s Village Market, which is a student organization dedicated to tackling the issue of child hunger in the West End community of Atlanta. 

I ultimately hope to use my creativity, research, and leadership skills to develop innovative ways to teach the 21st century student to be civically engaged and tackle 21st century problems.
Kimya Loder, Bonner Scholar ‘18

Loder has received a number of honors and awards including being a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, and designation as a Bonner Scholar, WEL Scholar and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. After graduation, she will plans to purse her Ph.D. in sociology at Stanford University.

She is broadly interested in race, youth, civic engagement, and social movements. Last summer, her research examined the contributions of Black youth activists to the democratic transition of Tunisia, post-Tunisian Revolution of 2010.

College of Charleston Celebrates 10th Bonner Program Anniversary

The College of Charleston' Bonner's Bonner Program was initiated 10 years ago by two students,  Jyn Repede, '09 and Jamila Harper '08

  Jamila Harper, Bonner and College of Charleston '08 alum, surrounded by Bobby Hackett, President of the Bonner Foundation, and Stephanie Visser, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Jamila Harper, Bonner and College of Charleston '08 alum, surrounded by Bobby Hackett, President of the Bonner Foundation, and Stephanie Visser, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

They learned of the program at the March 2008 IMPACT Conference where they kept meeting students who introduced themselves as "Bonners." Intrigued, they tracked down staff from the Bonner Foundation who encouraged them to take the lead in bringing the program to their campus. 

They brought the idea back to Stephanie Visser, Director of the College of Charleston's Center for Civic Engagement.  With the help of other staff in the Student Affairs Office and the Development Office, they adopted the "On Your Mark, Go, Get Set!" philosophy and launched the program in August, 2008, six months after their initial introduction to the network. 

You can learn more about their story in this keynote speech by Jamila Harper, delivered at their 10th Anniversary Celebration.  

And, you can read their 10th Anniversary Bonner Book by clicking on the cover image below. 

 
 

Guilford Bonner Wins Journalism Photography Award

Guilford Bonner Wins Journalism Photography Award

Abigail Bekele, Bonner Scholar Class of 2019, won the Mark of Excellence Award for 2018 in General News Photography for small colleges (< 10,000 enrollment) from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 (N.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C.).  Her winning photograph entry was titled “Can I have a hug?” and appeared in The Guilfordian accompanying an article on a visit to Guilford College’s campus by Jill and Joe Biden. 

Capital University Announces Inaugural Bonner Leaders Class

Capital University Announces Inaugural Bonner Leaders Class

BEXLEY, Ohio, April 17, 2018 — Capital University today revealed its inaugural class and outlined the community organizations the students’ efforts will impact in the first year. This comes one year after announcing its formal partnership with The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation to provide scholarships for lower-income, underrepresented and first-generation students with a passion for community engagement and social justice issues. 

Campus Civic Action Plans from Schools in Bonner Network

In recognition of Campus Compact‘s 30th anniversary in 2015-16, the National Campus Compact's Board of Directors asked member presidents and chancellors to join in signing an Action Statement, a declaration of shared commitment to the public purposes of higher education and a promise to develop a Campus Civic Action Plan to realize those purposes more fully.

So far, eight schools in the Bonner Network have completed their Civic Action Plans:

College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

Davidson College

Edgewood College

Rolllins College

Stockton University

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Warren Wilson College

Widener University

 

Volunteering in Trenton, Rider Bonners Learn to Focus on Others in Need

Volunteering in Trenton, Rider Bonners Learn to Focus on Others in Need

"The Freshman Year Experience is the cornerstone of the Bonner program. It really changes the students' perspective on service and is so impactful on their lives," says Joan Liptrot, assistant director of Campus Life for Service Learning. "Since the snow threw a wrench into our plans, we needed to come up with a way to create a similar experience locally."

Oberlin Bonner Alum is a Singing Doctor

Oberlin Bonner Alum is a Singing Doctor

Elvis Francois, Bonner grad from Oberlin College, and William Robinson are resident doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and they recently gained attention after a video of them singing in the hospital lobby went viral. Ellen chatted with them about their kind gesture, and the duo performed a cover of Mike Yung's "Alright."

16 Bonners Named Newman Civic Fellows

16 Bonners Named Newman Civic Fellows

Bonners from 16 campuses in our national network were among those who received the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows Award from the Campus Compact.

Zero Hunger Initiative Launched with CHC

Zero Hunger Initiative Launched with CHC

The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the the Congressional Hunger Center. Through the Zero Hunger Initiative, Bonners will be able to deepen their learning around issues of food security, hunger and poverty and be exposed to ways they can become more effective advocates for promoting policies that address food security and reduce hunger in their campus communities.

Bonners Write Novels, Too!

Bonners Write Novels, Too!

Becca Spence Dobias, Guilford Bonner Scholar '08, just wrote a novel titled "Rock of Ages." It tells the story of "an LA transplant struggles over whether to return to rural Appalachia after her father’s death and an abusive relationship. A feisty rule breaker and her abuelita, and maybe a little bit of magic, help her understand the meaning of home."

First-year Bonner Tells His Story to the Greensboro City Council

First-year Bonner Tells His Story to the Greensboro City Council

First-year Bonner Scholar Saul Rodriguez from Guilford College spoke to the Greensboro City Council which is considering a resolution to support the DREAM Act.  Saul "shared how this decision could affect his life and why the city's support is so important to him.

Averett Bonner Leader Wins Dan River Nonprofit Network’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

Averett Bonner Leader Wins Dan River Nonprofit Network’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year the Dan River Nonprofit Network holds a Volunteer of the Year Contest to celebrate those throughout the community that go above and beyond with their engagement in the Dan River Region. For the second year in a row, an Averett University student took home the win.

Taylor Doss, Averett sophomore business major, won the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, voted on by the public. Doss is an Averett Bonner Leader and a cheerleader for the University.

Our Harvey Hero - Maria De La Cruz

Our Harvey Hero - Maria De La Cruz

This profile of Maria De La Cruz, a Bonner alum from Middlesex County College '04 and The  College of New Jersey '06, appeared in the Fall 2017 MCC Alumni magazine (page 21).

To most New Jerseyans, the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey is mostly sorrowful images on TV and sad stories in the newspaper. 

For Maria De La Cruz ’04, it is her reality. 

Bonner Campus, Edgewood College, Receives Best in Class Award for "All In Challenge"

Bonner Campus, Edgewood College, Receives Best in Class Award for "All In Challenge"

At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Edgewood College received two Best in Class Awards.

The College is recognized for having the highest student voting rate among four-year, private institutions category, as well as within the four-year, small, private institution category. Edgewood College also earned a Silver Seal for achieving a student voting rate between 60 and 69 percent.

More than 30 awards were announced at the event that took place at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 

New Bonner Program at University of Nevada - Reno

 New Bonner Program at University of Nevada - Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno Honors Program has implemented a Bonner Leader Program, developed by the Bonner Foundation, to provide students with financial support and opportunities to engage with their community. The program aims to allow first-generation, underrepresented, and/or low-income students the option of going to college and giving back to their community through service initiatives. 

Bonner Scholar Helps Support Grassroots Efforts in Kentucky

Bonner Scholar Helps Support Grassroots Efforts in Kentucky

Part of the prestigious Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) internship program, Shelby Boyd ’18, a Bonner Scholar, worked with a statewide organization called Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) this summer.

The grassroots organization, with 10,000 members across Kentucky, aims to empower individuals to affect change, focusing on tax justice, environmental issues, healthcare and affordable housing, among other challenges.

As a community organizing intern, Boyd spent her time coordinating member meetings, training in tax justice and communication and planning events, specifically the fourth annual Smoketown Getdown for Democracy to celebrate Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood.