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.

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Come learn about our selections process at upcoming New Student Information Sessions:

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Ferg 2400 (Blackburn Office)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Ferg Great Hall

Upcoming Events

Sat 21
Mon 23

Winter Break (Office Closed)

December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Jan 08

Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

January 8, 2020, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm