Consistent with the broad vision of Dr. Blackburn, the work of the Institute does not end with completion of the student curriculum, graduation, and transition to the role of a Fellow.

Instead, Fellows fulfill their lifetime commitment to service through their professions, civic engagement projects, and lived experiences. The Institute continues to support the leadership development and direct service of individual Fellows as well as collaboration across the community.

Initiatives for Fellows

The Blackburn Institute sponsors several initiatives only for Fellows. Click on one of the links below to learn more about these programs.

Mentors and Mentees in 2019

Soft Landings

New graduates are matched with established Fellows living in the city in which they will be moving. Mentors serve as guides and friends smoothing the transition to a new location.
Fellows working on Heirloom Harvel

Daniel Community Scholars

Fellows propose projects to address the needs of Alabama communities which may be funded by Daniel Foundation of Alabama grant money.
Monthly newsletter for Fellows

Blackburn Today

Subscribe to find out about the latest engagement opportunities, Fellows’ celebrations, and and current student experiences via our monthly email newsletter.

Fellows Engagement Opportunities

The Fellows Involvement Network (FIN) also sponsors activities exclusively for Fellows. To facilitate or join in these activities, please contact the FIN officers.

Fellows Forum

Engage in dialogue with other Fellows about critical issues.

Regional Networking Events

Network with other Fellows in your area.

All Fellows Meetings

Share your ideas for Fellows programming and action with the FIN Officers.

Full Community Engagement Opportunities

The Institute also encourages Fellows to stay engaged through specialized roles in full community events.  To learn when and how to become involved in these activities, please check your Blackburn Today monthly newsletter or Blackburn Connect.

Blackburn Connect

Message, mentor, find jobs, and join discussion boards.

Annual Symposium

Present, recruit speakers, and attend.

Spring Networking Dinner

Welcome newly pinned Fellows.

Summer Networking Events

Organize and attend dinners.

Burt Jones Rural Community Experience

Set up events in your home town.

Protective Life Government Experience

Facilitate or speak on a panel.

Daniel Community Scholars

Provide your expertise for student projects.

Small Group Values Discussions

Share your lifetime commitment to service.

Perspectives on Leadership

Introduce students to leadership in your field.

New Student Selections

Answer questions, read essays, or interview.