Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development
Where Women Enter to Learn and Exit to Serve
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Junior Biology Major Honored with the Spelman College Local Community Service Award
Breagan Ricks, founder of the non-profit organization, FunLab. A junior at Spelman, Breagan launched FunLab in 2012 at M. Agnes Jones Elementary in the West End community. During her first year, Breagan began developing the idea to launch a non-profit that would mesh her passion for community service and science into something that would transform lives and thus FunLab was born.
Through her unique approach to classroom instruction, FunLab offers students a
strong foundation in hands on scientific experimentation as well as exposure to scientific related careers. FunLab not only makes science fun, it gives every student an opportunity to increase their cognitive development, identify role models, and get involved with scientific processes. 2012-2013 pre and post-tests of students participating in FunLab show 80% mastery of the science concepts explored during FunLab.
Dedicated to Spelman College in 2004, the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development is a product of the merge of the Office of Community Service and the Bonner Scholars Program. At Spelman, faculty and staff strive to cultivate students who possess a sense of civic consciousness that provokes catalytic change in society.
Through the Community Scholars, Campus Wide Service Initiatives, and Leadership Development programs, BOCSSD enables students to explore and enhance their experiences in the areas of scholarship, civic engagement and leadership:
Spelman Community Scholars have the unique opportunity of integrating their academics with their commitment to the community. Whether through the Bonner Scholars Program or the UPS Scholars Program, students will encounter experiences that will shape their identities and ideals about the world they live in, and provide them with skills to make a difference in our communities.
Bonner Scholars Program
The Bonner Scholars Program provides a service-learning scholarship for students who have high financial need and a commitment to service. The program is designed to heighten the overall education a Scholar receives by engaging students in ongoing service work and helping them develop the tools and the knowledge necessary to make their experience meaningful and lasting.
UPS Scholars Program
Unique among scholarship programs, The UPS Foundation’s Community Service Scholars Program encourages students to be leaders at school and in the community. During an academic year, UPS Scholars perform 300 hours of service.
The BOCSSD offers programs throughout the year that have become a staple for the Spelman community (students, faculty, staff, community partners, and the community at large). These programs include the Community Service Fair, Saturday Service Series, MLK, Jr. National Service Day, Earth Week, National Volunteer Week, Alternative Spring Break, various community partner trainings and other Spelman College sponsored initiatives.
Leadership Development Programs
Various servant leadership training sessions are offered each semester to support the education of students who have an interest and commitment to engage in sustained social change efforts. Selected participants (20-25 students) meet weekly for at least six consecutive weeks in a classroom setting and receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Internship opportunities such as the Shepherd Poverty Immersion Program and the LEADS-Clinton Foundation Internship Program are also available.
Throughout the academic year, a variety of college programs are available to engage the Spelman community in service and to extend positive social change beyond the campus. Programs such as The Girls Leadership Institute, the Local Community Service Award and Women of Color Leadership Conference emphasize the focus on developing and recognizing leaders who are committed to a life of service.
- To promote civic engagement
- To promote a civically engaged campus
- To prepare students for career options within the nonprofit sector
For more information about the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development, call 404-270-5306