Earlham College President Anne Houtman has announced the development of a new community engagement program.
A focus of this work will be designing a program for all students that emphasizes flexibility, ensuring that students will not have to choose between community engagement obligations and other important co-curricular activities, like intercollegiate athletics, employment or other career-discernment options. A goal of the program will be to drive stronger participation into existing experiences currently being offered on campus, including Richmond-based internship programs and off-campus study programs that include or focus on community engagement.
The new program will replace the existing Bonner Scholars program. Current Bonner Scholars will continue to receive the same financial and academic support that they have received in the past until they graduate.
“While the Bonner program has a proud tradition at Earlham, I believe we are ready to broaden the reach of our efforts in community service and engagement,” Houtman said.
Houtman notes that the program she envisions will be attractive to college-bound students and have a strong connection to the College’s “For Good” brand, increasing the likelihood of service-minded students becoming Earlhamites.
“Please be assured that our institutional commitment to service and community engagement has not changed,” she said. “Even though we will no longer be recruiting future Bonner Scholars to campus, this new program will take the lessons that we learned from our experience with Bonner and apply them to the entire campus community, increasing the number of future Earlhamites committed to making an impact on the lives of our neighbors and in communities around the world.”