2018 Summer Leadership Institute


Registration • Call for Workshops, Speakers & Resume Reviewers • 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 national organization partners for three days of workshops, discussions, and networking.


This year's Summer Leadership Institute will be hosted by Wagner College's Center for Leadership and Engagement.  The CLCE is guided by the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts and builds upon Wagner’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence and dedication to civic engagement.

The CLCE’s programs include Bonner Leaders, IMPACT Scholars Civic Network, Project Pericles, and a collaborative effort among the CLCE, Athletics, and the Center for Academic and Career Engagement–the MOVE program. The CLCE also supports engagement efforts for student organizations, with Wagner Cares being an example of such work.


Registration is $285 per person and covers room and meals for the three nights and days at Wagner College.

Click here to register.

The deadline for registration is Friday, May 11, 2018. 

NOTE: We encourage you to bring faculty to the Summer Leadership Institute as well. They are invited to be a part of the entire conference. However, if they are only able to attend for a portion of SLI, the daily registration fee is $100 per person. We plan on developing some programming that would be applicable for them, working alongside center and program staff, for the day of June 6th, 2018. Registration would include meals and lodging for one night. There is an option in the registration form to note faculty members attending, as well as the day that they would be available.

Additionally, If you are considering bringing members of your family, please reach out to sam@bonner.org directly with additional details and questions. The lodging cost for family members would be $80 per night, per person. These spots are limited and must be arranged separately, so please reach out ASAP if this is something that you are considering.

Workshop submission

You are invited to submit a workshop for the Summer Leadership Institute.  Workshop design and presentation is open to anyone attending the meeting.  We especially encourage teams of students, faculty, partners, and/or staff to work together to design and present workshops.

SLI Workshops often cover a wide range of topics and will typically convene 10-30 participants, including students, staff, faculty, and national partners. Workshops generally fall within the following categories:

  • Student professional development
  • Staff professional development
  • Issue-focus (e.g. hunger, poverty, education, environmental justice, etc)
  • Showcase of an effective model or best practice
  • Social action or advocacy

To accommodate to the requests of our network, we are intentionally structuring our elective workshops around the theme of professional development and Bonner applications of best practices and models. Please download the following “Call for Workshops” document as a guide to developing your elective workshop for SLI 2018.

Click here to submit your workshop proposal.

The deadline to submit workshops is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Need ideas or help on designing your workshop? Visit our Workshop Resource Center

NOTE:  The Bonner Foundation does not provide travel expenses for partners and guests interested in attending the meeting. However, we would be happy to accommodate national partners who are interested in on-campus lodging during the conference for a daily base rate fee of $50 per person, which includes lodging and meals.

Unique Opportunities

We are excited to announce an open call for speakers who might, in about 7 minutes, share their own insights in relationship to the SLI theme, "With, Not For.” Learn more about how to share your voice with the national network here.

The Resume Review Session is a professional development opportunity for SLI attendees, which could include students, staff, administrators, faculty, and community partners, to receive feedback and input on their resumes.  While we anticipate mostly students may seek advice, we also encourage professional staff to consider participating, as part of our broader efforts to support professional development. Effective resumes (or CVs) are a useful tool to securing internship, job, and graduate school opportunities in any discipline or career sector. Over lunch on June 7, participants will have a chance to meet and engage in dialogue. Learn more about the session and sign up here.


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.  See draft agenda here.

Travel and Logistics


A GPS friendly address for Wagner is: 

631 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

When you get to the top of the hill, turn right into the main entrance of Wagner College, marked "Main Entrance". Proceed to the guard booth and inform them you are attending the Bonner Summer Leadership Institute.

For more detailed driving directions, visit Wagner College's website.


Three major airports serve New York City. Wagner College is most easily accessed from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, though LaGuardia and JFK Airports are within reasonable travel distance. Car service is available between Wagner College and all three airports for around $50 each way. For more information on local airports, see the Port Authority of PA, NY & NJ website.


We will have on-campus housing in dorms available to all participants. All participants will either be placed in Foundation Hall or Harborview Hall  Feel free to browse through the videos of both on-campus housing options. Towels and linens provided.

If you prefer a local hotel, see these options from the Wagner College website.