The work of the Blackburn Institute is predicated on a required student curriculum that helps students develp the knowledge, skills, and disposition to act as “agents of change.” Upon completion of the one-year curriculum, students will either continue their experience as a returning student or graduate and transition to the role of Fellows. Over the history of the Institute, the formal student curriculum has seen many changes, but it has had consistent elements of exposure to the state’s people, history, culture, successes, and challenges and in-depth education on Alabama issues. Likewise, informal programming and activities have slowly developed as the community of Fellows grew. In the academic year leading up to the 25th anniversary (2018-19), a renewed emphasis was placed on the work, engagement, and learning of the alumni through the Fellows Involvment Network (FIN), led by the FIN officers and the Coordinator of Blackburn Alumni Programs.

Explore the Student Curriculum and Programs and Fellows Curriculum and Programs to learn more about how the vision of Dr. Blackburn is realized today.