Black Leadership Institute

The Black Leadership Institute at the University of Virginia


The Black Leadership Institute (BLI) convenes Black students interested in historical and current leadership throughout the Black community for the purposes of community development and leadership training. As such, the mission of the BLI is to provide resources that sustain communication, solidarity, and cultural consciousness among Black students at the University of Virginia.



The goals of the BLI are to:

•       Promote unity and community within the Black student population by bolstering the capacity for leadership throughout the Black community, on grounds and beyond.

•       Carefully consider past and current student leadership at the university as future platforms for leadership are developed.

•       Encourage and facilitate collaboration and support between black student organizations

•       Provide students with opportunities to apply learned leadership skills within an emerging (real-world) leadership context.


Purposes & Benefits of membership:

•       Create a cohesive and strong body of student leaders

•       Improve organizational efficiency through training

•       Leadership Development

•       Networking among aspiring and practicing student leaders

•       Access to BLI-alumni

•       Special BLI-ONLY social events, leadership enrichments, and Regional Conference attendance

•       Celebration and recognition through the Organization awards


Each semester, students are invited to participate in a 4 or 5 session Leadership Academy that explores issues essential to learning and implementing culturally informed leadership. Each Leadership Academy will culminate in a dinner celebrating those who have successfully completed the trainings. Each person who completes the requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in the skill explored during that term and will be eligible for Letters of Recommendation and other supports as they are needed.  Renowned UVA faculty and staff and Black Alumni are invited to lead training workshops for the BLI.  The Director of the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center oversees the BLI. Initially, the Director will appoint two student leaders who will assist the Director in the leadership of the BLI. All BLI alumni are eligible to co-facilitate Leadership Academies in topics that they have successfully completed. 


If you have any questions please contact

Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: 434-924-7923
Fax: 434-924-0513