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.