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Our Mission

The Bonner Center is responsible for mobilizing faculty, students and staff to help “sustain and advance the communities in which we live;” in other words, to find mission-consistent ways to improve the quality of life for all.  It cultivates the common ground that exists between the educational mission of the College and the needs of non-profit organizations and neighborhoods.  It does so by creating teaching and learning opportunities that simultaneously build the capacity of TCNJ students and these groups and communities.  Students become more knowledgeable, skilled and civic minded—while community partners gain additional resources to effectuate positive change.  The Center’s primary programs include the Bonner Community Scholars, Bonner Volunteers (BVols), First Year Community Engaged Learning (CEL), Faculty Engagement, Policy Options, and Critical Issues Forums.