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Welcome to the Barger Leadership Institute

The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is a student-powered, faculty-guided community dedicated to developing leadership learning through engaged liberal arts education. A flexible leadership program for any Michigan undergraduate.


BLI members participate in our 7-week Leadership Lab, student-led lunch workshops, small grants, community events, and other cross-campus activities that deepen their understanding of self and reflection on leadership principles. Members stay up-to-date with the BLI weekly newsletter and can attend a variety of community and social events.

Leadership Fellows:

BLI fellows-members who have completed the Leadership Lab have access to small and mid-sized project grants, exclusive opportunities and events.


The Institute provides resources to our BLI students through a variety of awards, and grants. These opportunities reinforce our beliefs in student initiative, the importance of learning from real-world experience, the vital role of reflection, teamwork and collaboration, and the need to actively engage our community. 

Access Opportunities:

With help from our alumni partners, we have curated high impact opportunities that allow our students to experience the reality of 21st century leadership through intense, but often brief, chances to interact with and observe leadership in action. BLI Access Opportunities are exclusive opportunities to meet some of the University’s alumni and community leaders - here and across the globe. 

Advanced Leadership Fellows:

BLI fellows can pursue mindful leadership practices, apply for paid student leadership positions and/or cultivate evidence-based leadership skills within our Advanced Leadership Fellow programming.