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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement connects our local partners with students, faculty, and staff in a variety of ways, from consistent volunteering to community-based learning and research to one-time service projects to summer fellowships.

We forge long-lasting partnerships in which local organizations teach and learn alongside us and benefit from shared resources and ideas, and we often call on community experts in their fields to join us for discussion and action around pressing social issues.

SpidersEngage is our online tool where students, faculty, and staff can search and register for volunteer opportunities. 

The Student Experience

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?
sustained relationships with community organizations
volunteers involved in on-campus service initiatives
345 UR students mentored at 13 partner sites in 2015-16