2018 Summer Leadership Institute

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The 2018 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute was hosted by the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.  CLCE is Wagner’s intellectual, practical, and ethical hub connecting the campus community with institutional and organizational partners on Staten Island and beyond, all of whom share the Center’s commitment to confronting complex social, economic, and political issues through democratic engagement.

The conference gathered 350 students, staff, faculty, and partners over four days, June 5-8 to explore how our authentic, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial partnerships and projects build and sustain our communities. With Staten Island as our backdrop, we shared how our civic and community engagement allows us to be bridges – for individuals, families, and communities. 

All Group Sessions

The Bonner Student Developmental Model and Staff Developmental Pipeline Project

In this session, everyone had a chance to review and discuss some of the key outcomes and competencies –– knowledge, skills, and habits –– that are part of the Bonner Program's student developmental model and drafts of new frameworks for staff development. A short presentation on the content and purpose was followed by the opportunity for individuals, in smaller groups, to engage in dialogue as a professional networking opportunity.

Bridging Service, Social Action, and a Lifetime of Engagement

Several members of our beloved community who shared their experiences in leading their peers to be politically and socially engaged to make policy changes on their campuses and in their communities. Our hope is that their stories and insights will inspire all of us to find new ways to have an impact on the issues that affect our lives and the communities in which we serve.

The Sweet Spot:” Bridging Values, Learning, and Doing through Engaged Capstones

This session presented everyone with ideas and inspiration with about the potential for Bonner Scholars and Leaders to culminate their journeys with community engaged capstones. Participants had the opportunity to hear about some of the ways that students are connecting their college and future interests with community issues and needs through capacity-building projects.

We heard from an alumna about how this work has shaped her college experience. We also heard from Bonner Program administrators and faculty who shared strategies they are using to integrate engaged capstones and then opened it up so that others can share their own insights.

This session also featured a short video that answered the question:  what is a community-engaged capstone project?

The Bonner Legacy: Alumni Stories in Dining Hall

Come together to hear from four Bonner alumni about their interpretation of the theme: "With, Not For."  They shared stories about how their mutually reciprocal relationships with the community have affected them and guided their journey through Bonner and beyond.

Resume Review

Participants were invited to bring their resumes and meet with a coach after lunch. Coaches included alumni, national partner representatives, and veteran staff. The conference program included resume resources and worksheets used during this session. 


Student Leader Track — Building Bonner and Campus-Wide Morale, Leadership, and Engagement

Students fulfill significant roles in leading their Bonner Programs and campus-wide culture of service. In this session, students worked in groups to further refine your leadership roles and develop skills in boosting Bonner morale, peer mobilization, and team management. This session featured cross-collaboration amongst campuses and skits that will involved all participants!

Student Track — Bonner Bridges: How to Connect Your Passions and Career

Students broke into small groups with the alumni speakers and national partners based on job sector. Within these small groups, individuals had a chance to network, ask questions, and hear advice and opportunities from experts in their career sector of interest. Sectors represented included technology, publishing, nonprofit, international development, and higher education, among others.

Administrators Track — Strategizing for Community-Engaged Capstones: Campus and Community Change

What will it take to integrate capacity-building capstones into the Bonner Program? We know that some of the biggest barriers involve changing campus culture and structures. Bonner Directors and Coordinators will join a strategy session in which we surface and work through a number of challenges. Through case studies and scenarios, this session tackled common issues such as faculty engagement, project identification, perceptions.

Administrators Track — Bonner Business

All staff and administrators gathered for updates on the Bonner Foundation's strategic initiatives, upcoming meetings, and to hear from some of our national partner organizations. 


Skills-focused Workshops

BRIDGE Building: Engaging Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Identity led by Brian Anderson, Student Leadership Manager at Interfaith Youth Core

While many educators understand the importance of engaging religious, spiritual, and secular identity for students, few feel equipped to do so. Due to societal trends, including the rise in religious diversity and increased polarization, professionals need to strengthen their toolkit in this area. How do we proactively and positively support students in their identity development while building bridges across intersecting identities? This interactive workshop provided concrete tools for positively engaging religious, spiritual, and secular identity.

Learning & Leading Cross-Culturally with International Service Learning led by Callie Roberts, International Programs Supervisor at United Planet

This workshop focused on leadership development within an international service-learning framework. The session defined international service-learning, and discussed United Planet's Global Citizenship Model and five Pillars of Global Leadership. These pillars are leading components of strong international service-learning programs, and can help with leadership development and skills building.

Using Tools from Sustained Dialogue in Your Context led by Michaela Grenier, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Program Director, Sustained Dialogue Institute

Sustained Dialogue is a highly adaptable intergroup dialogue model based on the work of Dr. Harold Saunders. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators from 63 college campuses globally participate to move from dialogue to action on community conflicts–especially those involving social identity. In this interactive presentation, they shared profiles of varied campuses using the SD model and lessons for spreading dialogue-based identity work formally and informally. The session also included key elements, concepts, and values of the model and a ready-to- implement activity to take home. This session was particularly beneficial to those considering implementation of intergroup dialogue processes within civic engagement programs for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus leaders.

Program-focused Workshops

Leadership Structure: It's Okay to Change It Up! led by Belle Briatico and Rubyselda Moran, Bonner Senior Interns at Stetson University

This workshop highlighted how leadership structure can influence program initiatives and culture. It showcased how leadership structure can change to best meet current program needs. Through this workshop, participants assessed the needs of their organizations and worked to better understand how the structure of their leadership can best address those needs.

Reflection During Embedded Community Engagement led by Douglas Harms, Professor of
Computer Science and Faculty Fellow at DePauw University with Liz Aguilar, Bonner Scholar, DePauw University

Reflection is essential when one is engaging with a community, and is even more important when one is living within that same community. For many, this “embedded” community engagement occurs during international experiences. In this workshop participants critically examined similarities and differences between “non-embedded” and “embedded” reflection. This workshop is beneficial to students preparing for an embedded experience, and for students and faculty/staff who will be leaders for teams embarking on an embedded experience.

Building Self and Collective Care into Community Engaged Work led by Anya Piotrowski, Assistant Director for Student Engagement at Bennington College

By reframing our approach to community engagement to incorporate self and collective care, we empower one another and deepen our individual and collective capacity to show up day after day for long-term community engaged work. This workshop drew on Mental Health First Aid training, Jardana Peacock’s Liberatory Leadership method, Storytelling for Social Action, and more. This interactive session shared - and created space to practice - self and collective care techniques all participants can benefit from and use within their own communities and organizations.

Cultivating Student-Centered Sexual Assault Prevention Curriculum: A New Model for Design led by Rachel Hanebutt, CEO and Co- Founder of Confi and Bonner Alum from DePauw University

Centering curriculum design around students, Confi develops evidence-based health content that is visually appealing and aligned with cognitive science principles conducive for adolescent learning. Student-led curriculum design enables sexual and mental health education to be tailored to individual university environments and prioritize health information translation fit for students and the college experience overall. Workshop attendees worked together to undergo a participatory action research exercise on the topic of college sexual assault and experienced the value of this student-centered design firsthand. Student organizers left with the tools to bring student-centered sexual assault prevention to their home institution.

Redesigning and Implementing a Restorative Accountability and Disciplinary Model led by Kelly Finn and Katie Zyniecki, Assistant Directors for the Bonner Program and office of Academic Community Engagement, Siena College

Siena College recently went through a judicial system redesign to better support students and restore a sense of accountability in the program. This process was lead by student leaders and was supported by Bonner administrators. After a year of designing and implementing the Peer Advisory and Accountability Committee (PAAC), they had some best practices and ideas to share. Participants had a chance to think about their current program’s accountability structure and brainstorm ways to improve it. This session focused on empowering student leaders and newer professionals to take the lead on a process like this.

Issue-Focused Workshops

Racial Wealth Inequality: Myths, Realities, and What Can be Done About It led by Funke Aderonmu, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow at RESULTS/Congressional Hunger Center

In 2016, white households had ten times more wealth than black households and eight times more wealth than Hispanic households. If these disparities are not addressed, it will take Hispanic families 84 years and black families 288 years to reach parity with white families. This workshop examined the historical policies in the US that created a legacy of racial wealth inequality and debunked common misconceptions about what's behind the racial wealth divide. It also explored some current policy proposals to close the racial wealth gap and how you can get involved in the fight for racial wealth equity.

Leveraging Community Talents and Voices to Fight Food Insecurity led by Funke Aderonmu, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow at RESULTS/Congressional Hunger Center

Food insecurity is a national problem found in every corner of the United States. The nation’s capital is no different as it currently grapples with its grocery gap, where low-income residents of color face challenges accessing fresh, healthy produce. This workshop provided an overview of the state of food insecurity in Washington, DC and its effects on health and economic outcomes on low-income and people of color in the District. Participants learned an approach they can use in other communities to understand the issue.

Career-Focused Workshops

Resumes, Job Applications and Interviewing led by Cameron Lewis, Urban Teachers

Urban Teachers recruits and selects over 400 teachers a year for its teacher preparation program in DC, Baltimore, and Dallas. They review resumes, applications, and participate in hundreds of interviews a year. In this workshop Cameron Lewis shared their collective knowledge to give you a leg up in your career search.

Preparing for Graduate Study in Public Health  led by Kara Robinson, Associate Dean at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Guy Piotrowski, Manager of Centralized Application Services, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

Preparing for graduate professional education can be intimidating. This session will walk students and administrators through the admissions process to schools of public health, including the centralized application service, SOPHAS. Learn about the field of public health, the application process, and strategies for the personal statement.

How to NOT Mess Up Your First Job led by Gregory Chery, Director of Community Service and the Bonner Program at Centre College 

This workshop provided an opportunity for students to discuss ways to ensure a successful transition into their first full-time job. Topics included how to navigate office culture, seek mentorship opportunities, the importance of personal branding, and professionalism in the workplace.