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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Daniel Community Scholars Poster Session and Reception

Free and open to the public!

Ten student teams have developed proposals for civic engagement projects to address a wide range of issues, including foster care, criminal justice reform, sexual health education, media education, dental hygiene, workforce development and human trafficking, among others. At this event, their projects will be evaluated by their peers and members of the Blackburn community to determine the one group that will receive funding and move forward with implementation of the project next semester.

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