Current Year in Bonner

Each year looks a little bit different for the Bonner Program in order to maintain a relevant curriculum as well as to incorporate the interests and feedback of Bonners on-campus.

Meetings

The weekly Monday meeting topics during the 2014-2015 academic year have included:

  • First Year Meetings on defining civic engagement, working with children, responsible consumerism, micro aggressions, grant writing ...as well as an evening on the Challenge Course.
  • Second Year Meetings on goal setting, event planning, social change model of leadership, budgeting, analysis of the educational system, services for homeless neighbors, interviewing, direct action, ageism, conflict resolution, public health
  • Third Year Meetings on social justice awareness, leadership styles, group management, personal sustainability, immigrant rights
  • Fourth Year Meetings on marketing yourself, career exploration, exploration of social justice, social entrepreneurship, ethical decision making, fiscal responsibility, faith and service
  • All Bonner Meetings on undocumented youth and the DREAM act, a poverty simulation, speaker Kelsey Timmerman on global issues, and arts and activism  
  • A retreat using Bridges Out of Poverty 

Trips

In 2014, the first year Bonners went on a Spring Break trip to Asheville, NC and worked with the Timothy Project.  In March, 2015 the class of 2018 is traveling to Almost Heaven, WV to work with Habitat on a Collegiate Challenge project. 

Summer of Service 2014

Around 40 Davidson Bonners are completing a summer of service each summer. This can be any where in the world as long as you are working with a not-for-profit organization. This summer a few of the sites include:

Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in Washington, DC

ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy through programs and resources, including an instructional website for those interested in foreign service careers.

LitWorld in New York, NY 

LitWorld engages students and families around the globe by providing opportunities for them to explore and learn from their own narratives and builds sustainable communities that break the cycle of illiteracy.

Saint Luke's Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg, SC

The mission of St. Luke's is to change the lives of Spartanburg County residents who lack access to healthcare by providing a collaborative, compassionate and innovative medical home.

Uganda Rural Fund in Masaka, Uganda 

Uganda Rural Fund aims to empower orphans, impoverished youth, and women to fight poverty in Uganda’s rural communities, through the creation of educational and sustainable development opportunities.