Welcome to the ACE Reflections Blog! This blog is used by our program participants as a way to share their academic community engagement experiences. Please browse through our postings and comments and feel free to jump right in. Thank you for visiting!


One of the most important aspects of our life of service within the Bonner Program is centered around building community.  We explore this common commitment through building community here on campus, amongst each other, and in the greater Capital District.  Please think about some of the people that you have encountered at your service site so far.  Think specifically about an interaction that you have had with someone that you serve.  What inspired you about that person?  How is your service benefiting them? *Remember that the relationships that we intend to build are reciprocal: you can learn something from the people that you serve, while they can learn something from you.  Keep this in mind in regards to your post! Happy Blogging!

Privilege and Power

Food for thought: “I have come to see [white] privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools , and blank checks.” -Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack 

Many times during our Bonner experience we reflect on the ideas of both privilege and power.  We specifically reflected on this during Gear Up as well.  There are many ways that privilege is manifested in our world.  Privilege does not only refer to things such as socioeconomic status and race, but also sex, gender, sexuality, occupation, level of education, beliefs, religion, etc.  Think about this question in terms of your service at your site.  In what ways have you seen your privilege manifested at your site?  How did this sense of privilege and power make both you and others feel?  Describe that instance.  

A Day in the Life

Think about the population that you serve and the people that you have interacted with at your site so far.  Describe what a typical day might be like for someone who uses the services of the community partner you work with.  Think specifically about the challenges that they may face in terms of transportation, access to resources, finances, etc. 

New Beginnings

Happy 2nd week of classes! As you think about ACE Summer Gear Up and your first week of classes this year, you may think about this time of year in terms of new beginnings.  Think about a time when you found yourself in a period of a new beginning.  Think about what this time felt like for you.  Was it challenging in any way?  Did it benefit you in the end?  

Please tell us about this “beginning” and what it looked like for you.  What is one important lesson that you learned from your new beginning?

Happy blogging! 

“It’s a lot easier to say when something ended rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet another day.” Steve Yarbrough, Safe from the Neighbors