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  • 1. The Bonner Program: Campus-Wide Infrastructure Opportunity to Serve” A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
  • 2. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Overview • Overview: - Bonner Program—Staffing & Student Roles - Considerations for Where to House - Models for Bonner Program in Campus-Wide Structures - Collaborating across campus - Institutional Support - Campus capacity and infrastructure building • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment & Evaluation www.bonner.org
  • 3. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Bonner Program — Staffing & Student Roles • Staffing Expectations - Bonner Scholar Program: 40:1 FTE - Bonner Leader Program: lead staff assigned to direct - Bonner Director reports to Senior Administrator • Leverage available positions (e.g.,VISTAs) • Student Roles: - Senior Intern(s)—training, site liaison, administration - Two Congress Representatives—student voice & leadership - Student Leadership Team & committee structure—class meetings, projects, community fund - Bonner student liaison with campus-wide student leadership structure www.bonner.org
  • 4. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Bonner Program — Staffing & Student Roles Center Director (manages Center & oversees Bonner Program) Bonner Coordinator Other Center Staff (manages Bonner Program) (manage other programs) VISTAs (training, enrichment, community partnerships) Senior Intern(s) Site/Project Coordinators (training, enrichment, community partnerships) (campus-wide volunteer management) Bonner Congress Reps Bonner Student Leadership Team (class reps, committees, community fund) (Foundation link, student voice, special projects) www.bonner.org
  • 5. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Considerations for Where to House Bonner • Governance (best department or division) - Student affairs vs. academic affairs - Other innovative options • Access to resources • Visibility and location - Access to students - Access to faculty - Culture of service • Institutional respect and future promise www.bonner.org
  • 6. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Considerations for Where to House Bonner Type Strengths Concerns Other Fails to become integrated at Fit with broader departmental the institution’s core; lack of Many campuses have started Student Affairs mission; student-led programs; curricular change; co- from this vantage point can reach larger scale curricular devaluation May build around the Service can be episodic if only Having program under capacities of faculty & students tied to courses; lack of student Academic Affairs Academic Affairs does not and, with care, meet more voice and leadership; staff guarantee curricular change complex community desires driven Campus can provide a broader Lack of coordination can lead Student & Academic This strategy may be equally range of student & faculty to frustration; students often Affairs effective; it largely depends on involvement and types of civic left to navigate options on the leadership & resources (separate but coordinated) engagement their own Leverages resources from & Integrated Center change within curricular and Coordination and decision- co-curricular; high potential making may involve more time (‘hub’ where curricular & co- for campus-wide & people curricular are combined) institutionalization www.bonner.org
  • 7. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Start-Up Model Start Up Model — Limited Staff - Bonner Program Director may wear multiple hats - Begin with 5-10 students - Progressively add more student each year (by class) - Link to campus-wide service programs from outset Bonner Program Director Other Campus Faculty/Staff (manages Bonner Program) (engaged in community service learning) Student Service Programs Bonner Leaders (campus-wide volunteer management) (5-10 students — 2 serve as Congress Reps) www.bonner.org
  • 8. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Established Model Center Director (manages Center & oversees Bonner Program) VISTAs Other Campus Faculty/Staff (training, enrichment, community partnerships) (engaged in community service learning) Bonner Program Director Service Learning/CBR Staff (manages Bonner Program) (supporting academically-based service) Site/Project Coordinators Bonner Scholars & Leaders (campus-wide volunteer management) (20-100 students — 2 serve as Congress Reps) Community Service Work-Study Other Student Service Projects/Clubs (1x or occassional service projects) (one-year commitment by student) www.bonner.org
  • 9. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Collaborating Across Campus Student Life/ Academic Admissions Affairs Departments recruitment, selection, diversity Shared training; calendar; CBR, PolicyOptions.org, SL student groups courses, minor Chaplain/Religious Career Services Bonner Life career advising, fairs, trainings, nonprofit career exploration, Program vocation; advising; enrichment internships workshops Multicultural International Public Relations Affairs Affairs media, news, webpages diversity, training, recruitment, study abroad, trips, internships community relations www.bonner.org
  • 10. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Case Study — Stetson University • Year 1 - Bonner • Year 2 - Senior • Year 3 - Senior www.bonner.org
  • 11. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Case Study — • Year 1 - Bonner • Year 2 - Senior • Year 3 - Senior www.bonner.org
  • 12. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Institutional Support—Some Key Levers • Bonner Director/Program access to senior leadership • Financial support for students to engage in service • Visibility in online and written communications (from recruiting to alumni news) • Faculty involvement and curriculum reform • Central place for service & civic engagement in defining mission, strategic plans, and budget priorities www.bonner.org
  • 13. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: What You Can Do • Strategically build your staff—starting with students • Creatively consider new programs—from more Federal Work Study placements to partnering with national organizations • Integrate, integrate, integrate • Communicate frequently, positively, and strategically with those above you—manage up • Build a core constituency or a working committee of key stakeholders to plan next stages www.bonner.org
  • 14. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Self-Assessment & Evaluation • Collaboration Across Campus: consistent collaboration between the Bonner Program and other entities on campus, including student life/affairs, academic affairs, career services, financial aid, development, the President’s office, and other major departments • Campus-wide Student Participation and Voice: student participation in service and civic engagement campus-wide; dynamic culture of service permeates the campus and students’ academic and co-curricular work; student voice is present in many levels • Awards and Recognition: institution clearly recognizes contributions and achievements of students and community members involved in service • Public Relations and Visibility: college/university has strong public relations presence in which community service and civic engagement is visible; civic engagement center and Bonner Program easily found on website; coverage in major publications • Institutional Recognition: community service and civic engagement are central and defining features of the institution’s approach to providing a developmental and educational experience for students and for fulfilling its broader mission www.bonner.org
  • 15. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Resources • Campus-Wide Centers—Implementation Guide (to be expanded) • Campus Compact (www.compact.org) • Barbara Holland’s work—matrix on institutionalization • American Association of Colleges & Universities (AACU) • Corporation for National Service—AmeriCorps, Learn & Service,VISTA, Senior Corps www.bonner.org
  • 16. Campus-Wide Infrastructure: Best Practices • Laura Megivern, Johnson State (newer program) • Rina Tovar, Stetson University (a few years in with both Bonner Leaders and Bonner Scholars) • Kevin Buechler, Davidson College (endowed Bonner Scholar Program www.bonner.org