Students in WKU's Bonner Leader program spend 300 hours on service with a partner and training and enrichment opportunities. Bonner Leader Jillian Weston is a junior at WKU, and she is in her second year of service with refugees at CEDARS, Center for Development Acculturation and Resolution Services. As part of her work with CEDARS, Jill works with a housing coalition to get the Uniformed Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA) passed. She is also working to get a renter's handbook translated into the necessary Burmese languages. Jill is an example of what happens when Bonners become so impassioned by their service that advocating for policy change is a natural next step.
Some other Bonner successes this fall include Lejla Mehmedovic, who has been working with Hope Harbor. Lejla has been reaching out to local hospitals and contacting the Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiners in order to expand the advocacy circle and resource potential for victims of sexual abuse. Bonners are engaged in various service endeavors including mentoring at-risk youth, serving disabled populations, reaching out to local refugees, and assisting with the food needs of students on campus with less access. Bonner Leaders are new to WKU's campus and have already made a significant impact on campus and in the community.