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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Institute Staff Working Remotely

In compliance with The University of Alabama’s announcement of limited business operations, Blackburn Institute staff are currently working remotely. Although the Ferguson Student Center is closed, we will continue to provide programming via online platforms for students, Fellows, and Advisory Board members during this time. We are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm via email or by leaving a voicemail on our phone lines. Visit for updates from the University in response to COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

Fri 03
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Mon 13

Spring Advisory Board Meeting

April 13, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wed 22

End of Semester Social

April 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm