The University of New Mexico Service Corps


UNM Service Corps Bonner Leader Program

The UNMSC Bonner Leaders are a core group of energetic and passionate UNM Service Corps members who are deeply committed to social justice and have a strong desire to createchange in the communities in which they work. Bonner Leaders are expected to take a leadership role at their sites and create positive change in communities. They work collaboratively with community members to create opportunities to develop the leadership of the UNMSC. The UNM Service Corps Bonner Leader Program is the only Bonner Leader program in the Southwest. We partner with more than 80 other campuses across the nation through the national Bonner Network, which is based in Princeton New Jersey’s Bonner Foundation. The UNMSC program enables individuals to develop the community-based knowledge, tools, skills, and confidence necessary to become important assets to the community and to create solutions for community-identified needs.

UNMSC Bonner Leader Projects include: establishing community gardens at various afterschool sites to help address food insecurity, supporting the New Mexico Civic Engagement Project, partnering with United South Broadway Corporation in the creation of a Financial Literacy Service Corps, establishing a formal partnership with Explora! Science museum to create an afterschool science curriculum and co-facilitating English as a Second Language courses at three separate community sites. UNMSC Bonner Leaders help plan, facilitate and execute monthly UNMSC workshops and retreats for 150 service Corps members.

Bonner Leaders meet on a weekly basis to network, learn & develop skills, and plan & implement projects. Bonner Leaders are highly encouraged to enroll in courses to deepen their experience in the community.

Bonner Leader applicants will be interviewed once completed applications have been reviewed. You may submit applications to our CLPS office in Student Services or

UNMSC Bonner Leader Program Model

Courses offered by CLPS & academic partners
Certificate in Community Engagement – 18 credit hrs (optional)
Documentation (i.e. documentaries/digital stories, blogs, etc.)

Community Engagement
Service at own site
Service projects at other sites

Leadership Development
Developing & implementing 3 CLPS retreats a year
Assisting CLPS staff with monthly workshops
Leadership roles at sites
Conferences (local, national)
Professional Development
R.O.P./ McNair (optional)

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