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.

Blackburn community around a table at dinner

Nominate Students for the 2024 Blackburn Class

Nominations are open through January 17, 2024. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the university’s faculty or staff, Blackburn Fellows (alumni), Students, or Advisory Board members.
Blackburn Connect

Join Blackburn Connect 2.0

We moved Platforms in February 2023 to Blackburn Connect hosted by PeopleGrove. Onboarding takes only two minutes. Access lots of useful features like searching for members by map and the job board.
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.