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.

Summer Networking Dinner

Summer Networking Events

Join a baseball game in Montgomery or dinners in Atlanta, Huntsville, DC, NYC, or Birmingham. We look forward to reconnecting with the community and sharing updates throughout our 30th Anniversary Year.
Annual Symposium

Register for Annual Symposium

2024 is the 30th Anniversary of the Blackburn Institute's founding. Celebrate this milestone year by reuniting at the Capstone for an Annual Symposium capped off by a Black Tie Optional Gala.
Spring Networking Dinner

Blackburn Calendar of Events

Click here to see upcoming and past events for the Blackburn Community. Public events are also listed on UA's mySource calendar.