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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement prepares students for lives of purpose and connects student, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders in social change efforts that value the knowledge and potential in our communities.

University of Richmond students, faculty, and staff connect with 65 partner sites across the region through consistent volunteering, community-based learning and research, one-time service projects, summer fellowships, and more.

The Student Experience

Students are invited to visit the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement in Tyler Haynes Commons for volunteer advising during the academic year. Student organizations are encouraged to reach out to learn more about service opportunities and can request a staff member visit to a meeting. Our online resource platform, SpidersEngage, enables students, faculty, and staff to search and register for volunteer opportunities.

Through civic engagement, we want our students to understand the ways that difference, privilege, and power work in their own lives and in our society. We ask them to broaden and deepen their thinking about complex and interconnected social issues affecting our world today. We prepare them for lives of active citizenship and active learning.

This kind of civic engagement is integral to a University of Richmond education, fostering social responsibility in our students, and preparing them to lead lives of purpose. Along the way, we ask our students to reflect on their experiences, asking themselves such questions as:

  • How has your background shaped you and your understanding of the lives of others?
  • What connections can you make among the issues you are learning about?
  • How will you apply what you have learned beyond this experience?
  • What questions will you seek to answer? Where will you look?

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community relationships in 2018-19
98 Bonner Scholars dedicated 10 hours per week to service and learning in 2018-19
students matched with opportunities through SpidersEngage