The Bonner Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement serves as the steward of Carson-Newman University resources between and among its local communities and community partners. The Bonner Center activates C-N students, faculty and staff to serve at and alongside community based organizations in order to promote a more just and egalitarian society.
The Bonner Center prepares future-minded leaders committed to building and sustaining a caring community through integration of academic excellence and community engagement. Our programs (the words “Our programs” are a link to the programs page of the website) encourage C-N students to live the values of Carson-Newman University through courageous pursuit of social justice, truth, beauty, and goodness.
We seek to live in a world where all citizens are informed and thoughtful, participate in their communities, are involved in the political process, create systems of equitable distribution and accounting of communal assets, and possess moral and civic virtues.
We believe that every individual has something valuable to offer society. Grounded in the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) model, at the core of our work at the Bonner Center lays the philosophical belief that empowering people to solve their own problems is essential to the pillars of truth, justice, faith, beauty, and goodness.
Our Core Work
At the core of all of the work we do is collaboration. The Bonner Center works in partnership with C-N faculty, staff, students, and community partners in order to build stronger more sustainable communities on and off campus. Through our scholarship programs (Bonner Scholars, Community Connections Scholars, Faith & Justice Scholars, Eagles Engaged Scholars), our federal programs (Service Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA), our classes (Power, Privilege, & Differences; Social Entrepreneurialism), and our projects & initiatives we seek to prepare every Bonner Center student for success in college, in their careers, and in their communities.
Please see the Bonner Center Logic Model for a more comprehensive understanding of all the programs & activities at the center: