The Bonner Leader program affords college students an opportunity to use their energy, talents, and leadership skills to engage in community service while providing developmental and financial support.
Students collaborated with the Virginia Folklife Program, Maryland Traditions and the Sandy Spring Museum to produce digital stories about local folklife practitioners, including Violeta Palchik's film on Uyghur cuisine.
Students from Mason's Field School, in collaboration with the West Virginia Folklife Program, traveled throughout West Virginia, recording oral history interviews with coal miners, musicians, and artists.
The Smithsonian Institution has selected Violeta Palchik, a graduate student in the Folklore Program, as one of three participants in the United States for their Communities Connecting Heritage program. This program was designed in partnership with the Department of State to create an exchange between cultural heritage students in the United States and India.