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 one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement 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.

Trinity Hunter

2021 Siegal Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Trinity Hunter for being awarded the Don and Barbara “Bobbie” Siegal Scholarship. She lobbied her Greek Council to be inclusive in the recruitment process to potential new members with disabilities.
Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Inaugural Fellow of the Year

We are proud to celebrate how Rev. Dr. Robert Turner has answered his call to action by feeding 400,000 people in Tulsa, OK and through his work calling to light the legacy of the 1921 attack on Greenwood.

Upcoming Events

Mon 20

September Small Group Meeting

September 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sun 26

Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

September 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 07

October Small Group Meeting

October 7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Oct 13

October Small Group Meeting

October 13, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm