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Education and Reflection - Training Modules

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Education and Reflection

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About These Training Modules

The original Bonner Civic and Community Engagement Training Curriculum was developed to provide Bonner Programs and other campus programs with a comprehensive resource to support student development. The training modules or facilitator guides are designed to support students and other participants to attain relevant skills, knowledge, understanding, and reflection for their service and civic engagement within communities.


First developed in partnership with COOL (Campus Outreach Opportunity League) and refined over time to ensure developmental progression for students' community engagement (i.e. starting from engaging in direct service to completing capacity-building projects), these training guides provide staff and student leaders with fully developed lessons plans. These interactive sessions are designed according to principles of active, experiential and adult learning, often using learning by doing. They are intended for use in meetings, retreats, class settings, and can even be integrated within coursework. They often engage participants in dialogue, problem solving, case studies, scenarios, project work, and other activities. 


Below is a full list of the trainer guides by title. Also included is a brief description that may help you select a training or add the information in Bonner Web-based Reporting Systems (BWBRS). Many of the training modules have both a one-hour and longer (90-minute or so) guide. A longer description can be found at the beginning of each training with more details about the recommended level, preparation, and outcomes. 



Class-Based Training Modules


8-Themes Curriculum 

The 8 Themes Curriculum Modules can support students to move through a progression of how to be a personally responsible citizen (helping others), participating citizen (understanding issues and addressing them through multiple methods) and social justice citizen (understanding one's role as a critically conscious citizen and tackling root causes, using democratic processes).  




Bonner Capstone Curriculum 

The Capstone Workshop Series includes eight scaffolded modules to guide students through different phases of capstone/capacity-building projects. The initial modules encourage students to reflect on the connection between their academic learning, community service, and identity. Then, the series provides guidance on how to develop a capstone proposal, implement the project, disseminate the results, and reflect on the learning.  




Bonner Capstone Curriculum Adaptations 

Sometimes, schools in the Bonner Network adapt Bonner Capstone Workshop series based on their program structure and student needs. For example, The Bonner Capstone Canvas module at Colorado College is a resource designed to walk students through the development of their capacity-building Capstone projects. Within the module, students have access to the capstone expectations, junior capstone proposal preparation resources, and capstone presentation expectations.



All Bonner Meeting Modules


Bonner Common Commitments Workshops

The Common Commitments represent collective beliefs and shared values that those connected through the Program encounter and that drive their community engagement initiatives. The meetings around the common commitments will help Bonners reflect on shared values that inform their work and develop a sense of community.



Stage 1: Exposure (Explore) Stage 2: Understanding (Experience) Stage 3: Application & Discussion (Example) Stage 4: Adaptation (Excellence)
Exploring Diversity & Intersectionality 

Bridging the Divide Part 1: Political Discourse for Civic Action


Bridging the Divide Part 2: Maintaining Political 
Discourse on Social Media 


Advocacy and Public Education


Get Out the Vote


Understanding Issue Campaigns



Education & its Influences on Class Mobility


Gender Inequality and the Wage Gap 

Unpacking the -Ism’s: Common Terms To Talk About Social Justice and Oppression Interfaith Perspectives on Service: Bridging Beliefs and Action Differently Abled

Empowerment: It's Intersectional

River Stories: Our Gender Histories & Herstories
Who Am I?: Unpacking Race and the Privilege and Oppression That Follows 

Faith and Me: Exploring Spiritual Beliefs

Empowered  Voice Through
Creative Expression
addresses International Perspective)

Bridging the Gap Between Service, Activism, & Politics


Keeping it Classy: Discussing Class & Socioeconomic Status


Black Lives Matter


Y'all Means All: Discussing Gender and Sexual Orientation


Refugee and [Im]migrant Voices


Addressing Sexual Prejudice 



Dialogue Across Difference

The Bonner Program itself is designed to encourage dialogue and reflection. The incorporation of suggested workshops/modules around diversity and inclusion will help create safe space for students to understand diverse aspects of one's identity, navigate conversations involving different perspectives, and clarify and refine their own values and beliefs. 



Empathy-Building Training Series

Empathy - the ability to understand another person’s emotions - is considered one of the crucial skills in any work space. As one of the intended program outcomes, building empathy is of great value to students, especially those in the Bonner Program or others who collaborate with diverse individuals and populations. The training guides (below) in this series are well designed for use in all group meetings in the Bonner Program, during cornerstone activities, as well as in campus-wide service and DEI contexts. The activities may be helpful for instilling the Bonner Common Commitments of Diversity and Community-Building as well. They are easy to implement, including by student leaders in the Bonner Leadership Team (BLT), staff, and faculty. Depending on the time available for the meeting, facilitators may use the entire series in a retreat format or select specific activities for a meeting.




As discussed in "Student Development: Goals and Framework" section, reflection is crucial aspect of community engagement. It guides students to explore values and attributes towards community engagement; share fears, challenges, questions, and successes while working with communities; and find interconnections between education and service, and individual service and larger systemic issues. Here are a few reflection prompts that could be used to guide students through critical reflection process. 



Directory of All Training Modules


In addition to the recommended 8-themes for class meetings, the following links will take you to other modules, which draw students' attention to local and global issues, and skills for civic leadership and scholarship. It would be useful to integrate them based on your program needs.