2022-23 Student Officers (March 2022 – February 2023)


  • 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.

Trinity Hunter (tvhunter@crimson.ua.edu)

Trinity Hunter is a senior from Montgomery, Alabama, double majoring in public relations and political science. Beyond her time in the Blackburn Institute, she serves as Chief Administrative Officer in the Student Government Association and the Director of Communications for Not On My Campus, a sexual assault prevention organization. She is a writer for Her Campus at Alabama, the #1 media portfolio for college students and Gen Z. Trinity is a proud member of the Advisory Council on Wellness under Dr. Perez, Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellbeing, as well as the former Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of her sorority, Chi Omega. In addition, she is a member of the Anderson Society, Elliott Society, and Cardinal Key Honor Society. Aside from her time on campus, Trinity enjoys volunteering as a member of the college staff through the AL YMCA Youth in Government programs. These programs offer opportunities for high school students to become immersed in mock-government proceedings through all three branches. During her free time, she enjoys watching Scooby-Doo, baking, reading mystery novels, and spending time with her friends. Trinity holds a passion for advocacy-based work and is intent on continuing in this field after her graduation in May 2023. This interest was cultivated during the 2021 summer while she worked as a legislative intern for Alabama Appleseed: Center for Law & Justice, a non-profit organization intent on achieving justice and equity for all citizens of Alabama, and as a public relations intern for the Diversity Action Alliance, a coalition of public relations professionals aiming to achieve greater diversity in the communications field. Moving forward from her position of Vice Chairperson, Trinity is honored to continue serving Blackburn as Chairperson for the upcoming year.

Sally Grace Shettles


  • 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.

Sally Grace Shettles (sgshettles@crimson.ua.edu)

Sally Grace Shettles is a junior from Tupelo, Mississippi. She is majoring in Political Science, minoring in History and Liberal Arts through the Blount Scholars Program, and pursuing her Master’s in Political Science as a student in the Accelerated Master’s Program. In addition to being a Blackburn student and serving as the Vice Chairperson for the new student class, she is the secretary of the Honors College Assembly, an ambassador for the Blount Scholars Program, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. With an interest in education policy, she assists with research and data collection at the University’s Education Policy Center and works as a Student Assistant in the Vice President of Student Life Office. She is also a member of the Carl A. Elliott Honor Society and the Cardinal Key Honor Society. Outside of academics, extracurriculars, and hanging out with Blackburn students, Sally Grace enjoys spending time with her two guinea pigs, thrifting, and listening to Crime Junkie podcasts. In the summer of 2022, she plans to work as an intern in education policy research in Washington, DC.

Seth SelfCommunications 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.

Seth Self (saself@crimson.ua.edu)

Seth Self is a junior from Cullman, Alabama, majoring in public relations with a double minor in political science and English. He is part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, for which he currently serves as an ambassador. Other involvement on campus includes work with C&IS’s Industry Immersion program and prior service in UA’s Lobby Board initiative. His internship with the Business Council of Alabama piqued his interest in the public affairs and public policy sectors of communication, and he is considering either law school or graduate school for public administration or policy upon graduation in May 2023. Outside of school activities, Seth enjoys reading, writing and making playlists, and never says no to a long hike or a long run.