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.

Millennial State Legislators Panel

In this installment of the 2017-18 Perspectives on Leadership speaker series, we examine civic leadership in the context of the state government, with a focus on the Alabama Future Caucus, comprised of representatives under the age of 40. The caucus is part of the Millenial Action Project's national effort to support young elected officials as they work to break through partisan gridlock and reestablish political cooperation. Members of the panel include Rep. Christopher England (D-Tuscaloosa), Co-Chair, Alabama Future Caucus and Representative, and Rep. Kyle South (R-Fayette), Co-Chair, Alabama Future Caucus.

Nominations and Rescheduled Interest Session

Nominations are still being accepted through 11:59pm on Thursday, January 18.

Due to the suspension of university operations on Tuesday, January 16, the Interest Session has been rescheduled for 4:00-5:30pm on Friday, January 19 in 3107 Ferg (4:00-4:30pm) and Ferg Great Hall (4:30-5:30pm). Attire is casual or business casual.

Come learn about the selection process for the 2018 class of Blackburn students; the institute's vision, mission, and values; the first year curriculum; and other program requirements.

Upcoming Events

Thu 18

New Student Nominations Close

January 18,11:55 pm
Fri 19