The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a common new student curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement as returning students for their remaining time at the Capstone.

Upon graduation, participants earn recognition as Blackburn Fellows and begin their work through professional and civic involvement in their home communities and throughout the state, both individually and through the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN). Supported by an Advisory Board of established leaders committed to the state of Alabama, the Blackburn Institute promotes change through an intergenerational network that learns from the past, takes action in the present, and plans for the future.

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2022 Student Nominations

Prospective Blackburn students may self-nominate or be nominated by University faculty or staff, Blackburn Society members, Advisory Board members, Fellows, or current students. The nomination deadline is January 19, 2022.
Interest Session

Prospective Student Interest Session

Join students and staff of the Blackburn Institute to learn about the student experience and application process. The event will start with a presentation in the Theater followed by mingling with members in the Great Hall.
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Leadership in Political Campaigns

Hear from influential leaders with experience managing and supporting political campaigns in Alabama and across the nation. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with working to elect candidates for government office on both sides of the aisle.