2016 Summer Leadership Institute
June 7-10, 2016
Maryville College

Important Information

Registration will take place from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at the Clayton Center on Maryville College Campus. To see more detailed information about SLI visit: 2016 SLI Participant Information and Maryville Campus Map

2016 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI)

The 2016 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute will provide participants with learning, networking, and professional and personal development opportunities to enable them to strengthen the quality and work of campus-based service efforts.  As always, programming will also focus on themes such as deepening community partnerships, supporting students to develop and engage fully , and building vibrant, sustained infrastructure for campus-community engagement.

About Maryville

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation in partnership with others. Founded in 1819, Maryville is the 12th oldest college in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Full Agenda

The year we have moved our program agenda to Guidebook, an event app that includes our schedule, session descriptions, and more! We will continue to update the agenda before the conference, but feel free to download the app and search for our guide-

For the web view visit: https://guidebook.com/guide/64148/

Schedule at a Glance

June 7

Time Activity
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Opening Session
8:45 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activities

JunE 8

Time Activity
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM All Group Session
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Elective Workshops
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Fair
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Elective Workshops
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Role Based Meetings
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM All Group Session
8:45 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activities

June 9

Time Activity
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM All Group Session
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Role Based Meetings
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Elective Workshops
3:15 PM - 5:15 PM Strategy Sessions
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner Off Campus
7:30 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activities

June 10

Time Activity
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM All Group Session
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Closing

Flying Information

Maryville College is a ten minute drive from the Knoxville airport. Please note, we do not offer shuttles from/to the airport.

McGhee Tyson Airport

Taxis from TYS

If you need a taxi from the airport, follow signs and get one! Or use this link: Taxi Services 

Driving InFOrmation

Maryville College is located 16 miles south of Knoxville, TN. For Google map directions, go to Maryville College directions, enter your starting address in the "from" box. The 'to" box is the address for the college's main entrance, which is located at 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN, 37804. 

If you would like to view or download a campus map it is available here: Campus Map - for print (4 MB)    


Your registration fee includes basic accommodations at Maryville College. All accommodations at Maryville College include: Pillow, Flat and Fitted Sheets, Light Blanket, Towel, Washcloth.

For Students

Apartment style suites with double bedrooms, bath, and living space.

For Staff

Apartment style suites with double bedrooms, bath, and living space.

Nearby Hotels
We encourage you to stay on-campus; however, you may choose to stay at a hotel. Most of the hotel lodging is near the airport (10 minute drive to Maryville College)

*These hotels offer a discount for programs associated with Maryville College.

You are invited to submit a workshop for the SLI 2016.

Workshop Submission Is Now Closed

Please email Annie for questions concerning workshops

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. (NOTE:  The Bonner Foundation does not provide travel expenses for partners and guests interested in attending the meeting.) 
Summer Leadership Institute will offer three one-hour elective workshop blocks.  Each block will feature numerous (10-15) choices that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn and share models, best practices, innovations, and nuts and bolts for the Bonner Program and campus-community partnerships.
Topics for the workshops may include:

  • Social Justice— why and how programs can build an emphasis on social justice and systemic social change; how individuals can be effective agents for social justice through civic action i.e., service, advocacy, public education, economic development, social entrepreneurism; public narrative;
  • Community Partnerships, Service and Impact—in particular, we want to highlight high-impact community engagement practices, such as developmental structures within service sites, the roles of student site leaders, structures for partner voice in institutional decision making, partners as co-educators, capacity building projects for non-profits, community-based participatory research, integrating proven program models and assessment; and how institutions can provide needed services in research and advocacy;
  • Student Development and Leadership—topics will include effective training and reflection activities; student leadership roles in the program, on campus, and in the community; Bonner Congress Representatives' successful big idea work; and Bonner and Senior Intern roles;
  • Campus-wide Culture and Infrastructure—here, we'll feature strategies for expanding and enhancing campus collaboration, mobilizing other students, measuring and deepening institutional engagement, and integrating social media 
  • Program Development and Management—bread-and-butter workshops on staff development; expanding staffing; AmeriCorps planning and management; fundraising and resource development; integrating VISTAs and full-time AmeriCorps members; and strategic planning;
  • Faculty Involvement and Academic Community Engagement—in particular, we will highlight high-impact practices and engaged learning (see the list on this page:  High Impact Practices); faculty development and training models, and QEPs for service and service-learning.

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