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Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience

Great leaders understand the value of using quality data to inform decision-making. The ability to identify, collect, and analyze relevant information is a vital skill in order to thrive in today’s world.

The BLI Capstone provides project teams with ongoing professional development, up to $10,000 of financial support, and access to elite mentors whose careers are built on evidence-based leadership.

Whether your project is still an idea or an existing venture with potential to grow, the BLI Capstone experience will provide you with the funding and resources necessary to make your vision a reality.

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The London Idea Partnership

One lucky Capstone team will be selected as the London Idea Project.  The student team selected will benefit from specialized support for their actionplan as well as a Mentorship Network and Summer Immersion Program led by The London Idea.

The London Idea was created to celebrate the legacy of Adam London, a 2011 graduate of the University, majoring in Organizational Studies. He was an innovative ideator, a passionate creator, and an avid explorer. The London Idea Foundation's partnership with BLI continues Adam’s work connecting people and ideas.

2017 Capstone London Idea Team was Quirk!

Capstone 2018 Timeline

Info Session 1: TBA

Info Session 2: TBA

Info Session 3:TBA

Application Deadline: TBA

Decisions: TBA

Program Cycle: May 2018-December 2018


What is the Capstone Experience?

The Barger Leadership Institute will support advanced undergraduates in the pursuit of significant collaborative leadership projects whose design, implementation, and evaluation requires significant analytic work. Project teams will have a capstone experience that brings abstract skills learned in the classroom into sustained contact with practical challenges in urban, environmental, socioeconomic and global arenas.

Who is Eligible?

Students must be an undergraduate enrolled with good academic standing and have participated in at least one leadership experience. One member minimum must have completed the leadership lab. Applicants must be able to work with external stakeholders during their experience and be available April 30 - May 4, 2018 for training and project planning.

Summer 2016 Capstone Cohort Projects

Aequora: Michigan
Ayla Wing and Evan David

Our project will bring Aequora, an after school program that teaches Classical Latin to elementary and middle school students in struggling school districts, to southeast Michigan. We will be partnering with Eastern Michigan University's Bright Futures program, which brings other after school programs to various schools around the region, and Estabrook Learning Community, a K-8 school in Ypsilanti, Michigan. As Latin education students, we are very excited to share our passions with a young audience, and we will hopefully expand our program to multiple sites in the upcoming year!

Internet Friends

Jonah Beck and Zachary Beck

What comes to mind when you hear the word “gamer?” Is it a sweaty, socially inept man of indeterminate age ranging anywhere between 16 and 40 years old? Is it a bunch of kids shooting digital avatars of each other? Or do you recall the overt sexism of certain media scandals such as Gamergate, perpetrated by individuals who claimed to be defending the gamer identity? All of these concepts factor into how we understand what a gamer is today, and thus how games are made and played. Our leadership project wants to get to the heart of these issues in order to re-examine them and give forum to new discourse on gender in video game communities. After researching online gaming communities, we are beginning work on a student-developed video game that will synthesize our data into a role-playing game that explores themes of sexism and gender norms in online communities. The player will be put in the shoes of two characters who frequent online forums and message boards to connect with others who share their passion for video games. We hope that our game will give players new perspective about one's words and actions online, and what it means to be a gamer.