2019 Summer Leadership Institute

May 28 - 31 @ Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, 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 300+ students, administrators, faculty, and representatives of local, national, and international organization partners for three days of workshops, discussions, and networking.  See highlights from the 2018 SLI at Wagner College.

The 2019 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute will be hosted by Waynesburg University.  

With the rolling Appalachian hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania as our background, the 2019 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute will engage participants from across its national network around the theme “Leaving Your Fingerprints.” We will explore the concept of place and how valuable each of our communities are to making positive social change.

Come learn first hand about the rural experience from our friends at Waynesburg and use this as the context to have dialogue across our diverse network about how to address the similar and unique challenges facing each of our communities. Key features of this year’s gathering will include how to build structures to integrate academics into our community engagement work, an emphasis on engaging with alumni, and professional development opportunities for all attending. 


The 2019 Summer Leadership Institute registration is now open. We encourage you to register your team of participants as soon as possible. Registration is $215 per person and covers housing for three nights, meals besides one dinner out, and other conference costs. If you will stay off-campus, the registration will be a reduced rate of $125 per person.

Registration is now closed.

The deadline to register is Monday April, 15th 2019. Please observe this earlier date, as Waynesburg University requires information earlier to ensure that housing is arranged.

Workshop registration

Anyone attending – student, staff, faculty, partner representative, alum – can submit a workshop presentation. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute, please submit your workshop proposal by Monday April, 15th. Please provide information on all presenters in your entry. We will offer three blocks total, with about 15 offerings each. Earlier entries will receive priority blocking.

Registration is now closed.

This year we are particularly interested in workshops pertaining to the following categories:

  • Bonner Fundamentals (such as recruitment, selection, advising, and start-up) 

  • Bonner Meetings and Trainings (especially in relationship to the 8 Themes Curriculum) 

  • Professional or Leadership Development (for students, staff, and faculty; please note skills or competencies your session addresses)

  • Showcase of a Model or Best Practice (such as for a Bonner First Year Trip or a course)  

  • Faculty Engagement and Course Models (such as fellow programs or social action) 

  • Bonner Alumni Engagement (including by alumni) 

  • Capstones and Integrative Pathways (showcasing projects, design strategies, etc.)

Tenative AgendA

SLI provides participants with professional and personal development along with networking opportunities to strengthen the quality of work for campus-based service efforts. Programming focuses on themes of deepening community partnerships, supporting and developing students, and building vibrant, sustained infrastructure for campus-community engagement.


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 Waynesburg University.

We recommend that you arrive in time for the registration block between 2-6 pm on May 28. We recommend that you depart after 11 am on May 31.


Address:  51 West College Street Waynesburg, PA 15370


We recommend flying in and out of the closest airport which is Pittsburgh International Airport (57 miles away). We have been advised that Uber and Lyft do not travel to the Waynesburg area very easily. Thus, it is recommended that your team rent a car. If you would like to carpool or have space to offer, we suggest reaching out to the network on the Bonner Google List-Serv.

ON CAMPUS Accommodations

We will have on-campus housing in dorms available to all participants. Due to building and room availability, we will have very limited single-room options available. Thus, if you require a single please reach out to Liz Brandt at liz@bonner.org. Basic linens will be provided. You will need to bring a towel and may want to bring a blanket or other amenities. Attire for the conference is business casual.


You can also stay off campus at Waynesburg hotels and inns, such as:

Hampton Inn • 227 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370 • (724) 802-1010 • Around $128

Microtel Inn • 300 Comfort Ln, Waynesburg, PA 15370 • (724) 627-0310 • Around $120

Quality Inn • 100 Comfort Ln, Waynesburg, PA 15370 • (724) 627-3700 • Around $99

We recommend using your preferred booking agent, such as Google or Hotels.com.

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If you have other questions, please contact...

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