2020-21 Student Officers (March 2020 – February 2021)

Photo of Arianna Kellum


  • Acts as the official student spokesperson for the institute.
  • Provides general leadership and presides over all Student meetings.
  • Serves as the liaison between Students, the Leadership Team, and the Advisory Board.
  • Together with the Vice-Chairperson, organizes informal gatherings that promote dialogue and community among Students.

Arianna Kellum, Chairperson (ankellum@crimson.ua.edu)

Arianna Kellum is a sophomore from Westerville, Ohio. She is pursuing a major in Nursing and a minor in Spanish. As a member of UA’s Honors College, Arianna participated in Honors Action: Health Action and volunteered for Impact America her first year. During these experiences, she learned about the health disparities and other inequalities that occurred in the state, which inspired her to join the Blackburn Institute. During her second year, Arianna participated in the Spanish for Healthcare course where she volunteered as an interpreter at the Maude Whatley Clinic throughout the semester. In the future, she hopes to work in the neonatal or obstetrics field, providing infant or prenatal care to women in rural or lower SES communities, whether that be in her home country or abroad. She is currently a Cardiology Technician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Arianna is also an active member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association as a mentor through the Black Scholars program. Outside of the classroom, Arianna enjoys spending time with her friends and family in addition to watching basketball, football, and soccer. Most importantly, Arianna tries to give back to her community whenever she can and she is happy to call Alabama her home.

Photo of Josh BrittVice-Chairperson

  • Presides over meetings of Students in the absence of the Chairperson.
  • Together with the Chairperson, organizes informal gatherings that promote dialogue and community among Students.

Josh Britt, Vice-Chairperson (jcbritt@crimson.ua.edu)

Joshua Britt is a senior from Edmond, Oklahoma studying Economics in the Accelerated Master’s Program, with hopes of attending law school. In addition to serving as student Vice Chairperson for the institute, he also serves as the President for University of Alabama Dance Marathon, the University’s largest philanthropic campaign benefitting Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. He is passionate about change in the state of Alabama, and in his free time, he can be found reading and keeping up with current events.

Photo of Cameron DobbsCommunications Director

  • Internally publicizes all Institute activities and personal achievements of Blackburn Students and Blackburn Fellows (via Facebook, email, telephone, etc.).
  • Provides appropriate external individuals, departments, and media with relevant information regarding Institute activities and events (i.e. press releases, event descriptions, post-event summaries, etc.).
  • Coordinates the gathering of information for the website and publications.

Cameron Dobbs, Communications Director (cldobbs@crimson.ua.edu)

Cameron Dobbs is a senior from Red Bud, IL, majoring in news media with a minor in criminal justice. After graduation, he will return to the Capstone to begin his master’s program in digital and social media marketing. He currently serves as a C&IS Ambassador and works as a production intern at WVUA 23 News. He was previously involved with the Orientation Team, as both an Avanti and a student coordinator, as well as undergraduate research, where he studied the link between intellectual disability and the death penalty. When he isn’t in class, he can be found listening to podcasts, going to local coffee shops, or being with friends.