Chatham University

The Six Common Commitments

The Common Commitments were created by the Bonner Foundation in order to clearly communicate the values, commitments, and vision of the program. This list is the result of a yearlong dialogue with members throughout the Bonner Leaders community-including students, faculty, administrators and community leaders. Six central values were defined through a collective process and include:

1. Civic Engagement

Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service

2. International Perspective

Develop international understanding that enables Bonners to participate successfully in a global society

3. Social Justice

Advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systematic social and environmental issues

4. Community Building

Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests

5. Diversity

Respect and engage the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives

6. Spiritual Exploration

Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others