Bonner Office of Community Service

Bonner Office of Community Service

The Bonner Office of Community Service encourages a culture of service on our campus that strengthens our resolve to be accountable as leaders, with the desire to be stewards of positive social change. We provide infrastructure and support for students, faculty, and staff to receive training and learn best practices to support the design, implementation, and assessment of community impact interventions. Committed to Morehouse's mission, we support faculty to implement service-learning in their courses while providing servant leadership to community partners via our community service scholarship programs.

Home to the Emma & Joe AdamsCorella & Bertram F. Bonner, and UPS Community scholarship programs, scholars engage a scaffolded education and reflection calendar based on the four-year Bonner Developmental Model. This model delivers a sequenced, progressive exploration of the skills, knowledge, values, and competencies needed for service work in local communities. Throughout their matriculation, their work builds the capacity of programs, organizations, and communities. Upon graduation, our scholars achieve the following learning outcomes: civic agency, civic identity, critical thinking and perspective-taking, communication skills, diversity and intercultural competence, empathy, integrative learning, leadership, place and issue knowledge, and social justice.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. '48 said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Students and members of the Morehouse family know that the path they walk in service extends beyond our classrooms or offices. As such, we unite people of diverse passions and interests in making change through the six Bonner Common Commitments:

  • Community building: establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.
  • Spiritual exploration: explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
  • Diversity: respect the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives.
  • International perspective: develop an international understanding that enables scholars to participate successfully in a global society.
  • Civic engagement: participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and social action.
  • Social justice: advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.

If you were to ask us why we serve, we would answer—if not this, then what? If not now, then when? If not me, then who? Explore the Servant Leaders community service app and join us in empowering others in the following issue-based service priority areas: education, political participation, environment, sustainability, food insecurity, homelessness, and social justice.

Members of the community interested in having men of Morehouse bolster community-oriented efforts that improve the quality of life for Black Americans and other marginalized groups may submit a request here

Faculty desiring service-learning support and transportation should email communityservice@morehouse.edu.