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Phase 1: Members

Once students have joined the program they enter the first phase of work with the BLI and become novice members of our campus-wide community. BLI Members can choose to take part in many of our events and workshops and are eligible to apply for BLI Small Grant funding. Opportunities for Institute Members include:

Leadership Lab, ALA 170: In this 7-week, 1-credit class, students work in small teams on a project they’re passionate about, receiving guidance from BLI staff and peer facilitators. The course guides students through idea generation and team formation through implementation. 

Community Events: These include a range of activities facilitated by BLI student-staff to  introduce, integrate, and engage members of the BLI Community. Lunch & Learn’s every other Tuesday provide free lunch and facilitate conversation between current members, fellows, staff, and those interested in joining our community. We also host volunteer opportunities and community outings, such as cooking dinner for the families of the Ronald McDonald House or taking a trip to SkyZone Trampoline Park!

BLI Habit Workshops: Ten BLI Habits enable effective leadership in all situations, regardless of whether one holds formal authority. Each workshop will introduce students to a Habit through case studies and exercises that allow them to learn the Habit through practice.

Small Grants: With a rolling application deadline and speedy review process, small grants give BLI members the opportunity to receive up to $200 to support short-term projects or events. Funds may be used to support individual or student organization initiatives. Past awardees have held community events and initiated social activism and urban development projects.

Once BLI members complete the Leadership Lab course, they become a Fellow, unlocking additional opportunities.