Who are the Bonner Service Leaders?
Bonners are undergraduate students who utilize their academic talents to lead community change through service. They help to build a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane through direct service, professional development and scholarly examination of injustice. Some of Siena College's partner organizations work with at-risk youth, people suffering from disability and addiction, immigrants, formerly incarcerated and other marginalized populations.
The Bonner program is a four-year commitment for a student at one site that aims to combine service with academics and career goals. Placements are developmental, moving students through increasing levels of experience and responsibility across the four years. This program is unique because students get the opportunity to focus on social justice issues locally, nationally and internationally. Siena College is the only higher education institution in New York with this program.
Year by Year
|1st Year||Students embark on a first-year service trip that is linked to a course in Rural Poverty. Students are exposed to rural poverty on this trip and learn about the challenges of poor rural communities. Previous trips have been to Northern Maine and Canada.|
|2nd Year||Students engage in a second-year exchange where they attend a regional or national conference and are exposed to the National Bonner Network of more than 80 institutions in the United States as well as international partners.|
|3rd Year||Students explore poverty at an international site through Academic Community Engagement's five-week global internship program. Current sites include Carmen Pampa, Bolivia and South Africa.|
|4th Year||Students complete a senior capstone where they culminate their four-year experience in a final thesis and presentation at the Siena College Academic Celebration.|