2020 Summer Leadership Institute

June 3-6 @ Allegheny college

meadvile, Pennsylvania


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

The Bonner Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is the largest annual event for the Bonner Network, bringing together 350+ students, administrators, faculty, and representatives of local, national, and international organization partners for three days of workshops, discussions, and networking.  The 2020 Bonner SLI will also commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Bonner Program, launched in 1990. From June 3-6, 2020, we will celebrate the many achievements of the Bonner Program and Network, including graduating more than 18,000 alumni.

Allegheny College is located in Meadville, Pennsylvania in the Great Lakes region and about an hour south of Erie. In 1815, Meadville was still a raw frontier town of about 400 settlers. They dreamed of a college that might bring the educational opportunities of New England to the frontier, and they founded Allegheny College to fulfill that dream. Today, the College has grown in size and significance through the past 200 years, but it has always maintained the strong community ties that marked its establishment. As Allegheny’s mission states, the College prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world. 

Allegheny is home to the Gateway Network, which houses a variety of programs that intentionally engage students in experiential learning. The Gateway houses civic and community engagement, diversity, international and study abroad,  career services, and political engagement. The Center for Civic Engagement (within the Gateway) offers a Bonner Program, Allegheny Service Corps, short-term volunteer opportunities, and more to students. Additionally, it supports the engagement of faculty and integration of community-engaged research, service-learning, and high impact practices linked with community engagement. Allegheny maintains a number of deep, place-based partnerships, including through consortia that work to improve education, health care, and other anti-poverty efforts. 


The 2020 Summer Leadership Institute registration is open at this time. Campus teams should register the staff, faculty, student, and partner representatives that will attend the meeting. We anticipate that the deadline for registration will be approximately May 8, 2020. The cost of the meeting will be nominal (to cover lodging, meals, and other conference costs). We anticipate it to be $225-275 per person. The Foundation will invoice the institution.



Participants (including students, staff, faculty, and partners) are welcome to submit a proposal to present during one of the elective workshop blocks. We anticipate that there will be three blocks offered (approximately 75 minutes). By January 2020, we will send a call for proposals to the Bonner Network highlighting key themes, tracks, and topics. Generally, workshops address a variety of skill and knowledge building areas related to:

  • Bonner Fundamentals (i.e., recruitment, management, advising, etc.)

  • Bonner Meetings and Trainings

  • Professional or Leadership Development

  • Showcase of a Model or Best Practice

  • Faculty Engagement and Community-Engaged Learning

  • Bonner Alumni Engagement

  • Capstones and Integrative Pathways

  • Proven Program Models (i.e., issues, national partners)


Travel and Logistics

Please prepare travel arrangements for your team to and from SLI. Remember that the Bonner Foundation does not provide shuttles to or from Allegheny College.

We recommend that you arrive in time for the registration block between 2-6 pm on June 3.
We recommend that you depart after 11 am on June 6.


Address:  520 N. Main St., Meadville, PA 16335


We recommend flying in and out of the closest airport which is Pittsburgh International Airport (about an hour and a half drive away). If your campus is within a 8 mile driving radius, you may want to drive. On campus parking will be available. If you would like to carpool or have space to offer, we suggest reaching out to the network on the Bonner Staff Discussion List.

ON CAMPUS Accommodations

We will have on-campus housing in dorms available to all participants. Attire for the conference is business casual.


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If you have other questions, please contact...

Liz Brandt, Community Engagement Director, at liz@bonner.org or (609) 924-6663.