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Siena Hosts Summer Leadership Institute

Monday, June 13, 2011

More than 80 institutions of higher education convened to explore the national community service and civic engagement movement during the Bonner Foundation’s 21st annual Summer Leadership Institute.
April Risley ’12 managed the Siena team and the conference. “It was amazing. This experience built our team so much,” Risley said. “We felt ourselves becoming leaders of students, staff and faculty across a national movement for social change.”
Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders facilitated more than 65 workshops that gave participants the opportunity to explore topics including building a fair trade campus, integrating advocacy with direct service, strategies for community-based research and service-learning course design.
Sponsored by the Corella and Bertram Bonner Foundation, the Summer Leadership Institute explored the theme Pieces of the Movement, which sought to provide participants with the inspiration and tools needed to develop campus-community partnerships.
“The annual meeting gives our network the opportunity to engage directly with each other, sharing best practices and model programs,” said Bonner Foundation Senior Program Officer Aria
ne Hoy. “We are part of a national movement that engages students and campuses in meeting the needs of their local communities in ways that encompass direct service, service-learning, research and capacity building.”
Foundation President Robert Hackett inspired the group during the opening session as he explained how his father, the late David Hackett, shaped the War on Poverty and several of its key policy initiatives, such as the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
“These programs are now ready to integrate public policy research, issue-based organizing and networking, so that our movement might go forward,” Hackett said.
“The Siena Bonner Service Leaders Program has more than 50 Leaders who have completed over 20,000 hours of community service in the greater Capital Region this year alone,” said Chief of Staff Fr. Ken Paulli ’82, O.F.M., Ed.D. “The Bonner Service Leaders Program and Siena’s Office of Academic Community Engagement transforms $1 million of investment into $2.75 million of impact each year.”
For more information, visit www.bonner.org.


Contact: Ken Jubie
Contact E-mail: communications@siena.edu

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