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University of Richmond Campus Profile

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way

Richmond, VA 23173





The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.  

The University of Richmond has a long, rich history of community involvement, and students, staff, and faculty engage through consistent volunteering, community-based learning and research, one-time service projects, summer fellowships, and more. Community-based learning classes connect students to communities for the purpose of deepening learning through multiple modes, including service learning; collaborative projects with community partners; clinical education, student teaching, and internships; bringing community collaborators into the classroom; and study trips and immersive engagement with community experts. Students also volunteer in the local community through one-time service opportunities, the Community Work Study program, and through student organizations, teams, and clubs. Overall, approximately 42% of the class of 2019 volunteered in the local community at least once during their time at UR.


Interesting Tidbit: Richmond's Bonner Scholars program hosts 100 Bonner Scholars--making it one of the largest programs in the country! 

Undergraduate Enrollment: 3,194



Type of Program: Bonner Scholars 

Year Began: 1992 (first full class of Bonners arrived in 1993) 

Bonner Program Website: https://engage.richmond.edu/scholars/index.html

Application Deadline for 2019: April 19, 2019

Where is the Bonner Program located: The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

Number of Bonner Students: Richmond's Bonner Scholars program hosts 100 Bonner Scholars


Highlighted Bonner Specific Programs: 

  • Bonner 101/102 - New Bonners participate in an orientation program during their first semester called Bonner 101. During this orientation, students build community among their peers, learn about the mission, goals, and principles of BSP, and explore different service organizations in Richmond before applying to a 3.5-year internship with one organization. Students also serve on a temporary basis with one organization. Bonner 101 begins in the fall semester with a two-day, overnight experience typically held the first or second weekend of classes, known as New Bonner Orientation.

During the first five weeks of the second semester, new Bonners participate in Bonner 102 to learn strategies intended to help them thrive as a new intern. They will also spend time learning about fulfilling their BSP requirements during their summers and while studying.

  • First Year Trip (FYT) is held in the spring, and typically, first year Scholars and Bonner staff participate in a 3-5 day service excursion to Washington D.C.
  • Justice and Civil Society (JCS), taught by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, is a required course for all sophomore Bonners during the spring semester wherein students explore contemporary society and understandings of justice. The course includes readings on civil society, theories of justice, and analysis of poverty and related socioeconomic problems. Also included in the course is community-based learning with critical reflection on community service. Sophomores participate in this course during spring semester to provide academic connections to their Bonner work.
  • Bonner Exchange is a 1-2 day cornerstone activity in which sophomore Bonners build community and reflect on the nature of civic engagement with Bonners from other colleges and universities in Virginia.
  • Junior Journey is the cornerstone event for juniors in the Bonner Scholars Program. This event takes place off-campus, and serves to as an opportunity for Bonners to reflect deeply on their values, purpose, personal stories, and consider how all of those things inform their civic engagement in the city of Richmond.  During Junior Journey, Bonners focus on articulating personal values and creating a "personal purpose statement" to guide their leadership and engagement. Once they have identified values, participants are able to use what they learn to tell personal stories about how they show up as members and active leaders in their communities.
  • Senior Retreat is an optional overnight retreat held off campus. There are some planned activities, some intentional alumni engagement, and some unscheduled, relaxing time to be together and escape the grind of the semester! Senior Retreat is free for participants, and BSP staff attends -- comfortable lodging, delicious meals, transportation, and good times are provided.



  • Community Work StudyThe Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers all University of Richmond students with Federal Work-Study (FWS) awards the opportunity to engage with a variety of work experiences through our offices and community partners. Community Work Study students are eligible to earn their awards as a biweekly paycheck by working with one of our community partner organizations, in the CCE’s main office, or at UR Downtown.
  • The Faculty Engagement Team supports and encourages faculty in several ways. Faculty Fellowships are awarded to faculty seeking to learn more about community-engaged learning pedagogy with colleagues. Some special fellowship groups are formed to target a particular issue area or initiative. Course Support Grants encourage community-engaged classes by funding honoraria for guest speakers, transportation costs, and more. Faculty Excursions and Events provide shared learning and networking opportunities.
  • Civic Fellows - The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports four summer Civic Fellowship Programs – the David D. Burhans Civic Fellowship, the Deborah L. Marsh Civic Fellowship, the F. Amanda DeBusk Civic Fellowship, and the Abby Brown Ayers Civic Fellowship – all under the umbrella of the UR Summer Fellowships Program. The Burhans, Marsh, DeBusk, and Ayers Civic Fellowships provide funding for students completing otherwise-unpaid or nominally paid, academically grounded 8-10-week internships in the nonprofit or government sectors.
  • Politics and Voting - There are numerous ways to explore politics through University of Richmond's programming and community partnerships. Richmond's School Board meets regularly in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. UR Downtown, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and the Office of Alumni and Career Services sponsor regular excursions to School Board and Richmond City Council meetings. The CCE, in conjunction with departments and student organizations across campus, also hosts a series of programming during each election season. Voter registration information and resources/voting guides are available through our office.
  • Community Partners in Residence - The nonprofit sector demands significant commitments, making it difficult for nonprofit professionals to have the time and freedom necessary for in-depth research, reflection, and exploration on the major challenges their organizations face. To help address this challenge, the inaugural Community Partner-in-Residence Fellowship (CPiR) provides space, time, and thought partnerships to fuel inquiry, encouraging the exploration of creative solutions and ideas that Richmond nonprofit changemakers may not have the opportunity to fully consider within their daily work activities. The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) looks forward to providing space for, and engaging with, the Community Partner-in-Residence Fellow(s) as they address an important issue facing the greater Richmond community. For this pilot year, the CPiR Fellowship will be awarded to a nonprofit professional though we acknowledge the important contributions community leaders make in other sectors, including community work that happens outside of formal organizational structures. 
  • UR Downtown provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members a shared learning environment and platform for engaging together in the heart of a diverse metropolitan area. An extension of the University strategically located downtown, UR Downtown serves as a catalyst for creating a quality, applied learning environment for students and for connecting faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners in engaging and collaborating in the heart of the city. UR Downtown's ongoing intent is to, 1. Learn with the City - Provide access to applied place-based learning experiences that promote student growth and the creation of new knowledge that builds capacity in our region; 2. Create with the City - Leverage UR’s distinctive strengths with Richmond’s arts and culture, entrepreneurial, legal, and governmental hubs downtown to facilitate new learning opportunities, creativity and innovation, and collaboration that contributes to the region; 3. Connect with the City - Support cross-sector collaboration, respectful engagement, and economic impact in the heart of the city.  



University President: Dr. Ronald Crutcher


Bonner Program Staff: 

  • Adrienne Piazza, Associate Director, Student Engagement and Director, Bonner Scholars Program 
  • Blake StackAssistant Director, Student Engagement and Bonner Scholars Program
  • Michael Smart, Assistant Director, Student Engagement and the Bonner Scholars Program
  • Natalie Thatcher, Administrative Coordinator, Student Engagement and the Bonner Scholars Program


Other Center Staff: 

  • Dr. Amy HowardAssistant Vice President, Community Initiatives and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
  • Dr. Sylvia Gale, Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement


2021-22 Senior Program Associates:

  • Ally Osterberg
  • Eva Kemal
  • Tommy Na







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