The Black Leadership Institute at the University of Virginia
The Black Leadership Institute (BLI) convenes Black student leaders for community development and leadership training. The mission of the BLI is to provide resources that sustain communication, solidarity, and cultural consciousness among Black student leaders at the University of Virginia.
The goals of the BLI are to:
- Promote unity and community within black student population through promoting the cooperation and collaboration of black student leaders
- Build upon the successes of past and current student leadership at the university
- Increase the capacity of black student leadership at the university
- Encourage and facilitate collaboration and support between black student organizations
Purposes and benefits of membership are:
- Networking with other student leaders
- OAAA and BSA support of organizations' initiatives and programs
- Co-sponsorships/collaborations/partnerships with organization and University offices
- Increase organization membership through publicity on Black Student Alliance listserve
- Improve organizational efficiency through training
- Leadership Development
- Media, Publishing, and Technology
- Program Planning and Implementation
- Organization Strategic Planning
- Funding and Allocations
- U.Va. Resources
- Create a cohesive and strong body of student leaders to garner support
- Access to alumni
- Attend special BLI-ONLY social events and community service projects
- Celebration and recognition through the Organization awards
African American students who serve in executive positions in student organizations are invited to participate in the BLI. Participants are required to attend monthly training and development sessions that address effective leadership styles and organizational issues. Renowned UVA faculty and staff and Black Alumni are invited to lead training workshops for the BLI.
The BLI is overseen by the OAAA's Director of the Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center, Dion W. Lewis. The BLI is lead by its two elected Chairman, Taurean Isom and Milan Reed.
Participating Student Organizations
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Black Expression Awareness and Thought Society (B.E.A.T.S.)
- Black Student Admissions Committee (B.S.A.C.)
- Black Student Alliance
- Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success (B.U.C.K.S.)
- Black Voices
- Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Society
- Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.
- Get On the Street
- Minority Rights Coalition
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisors
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
- One Way Christian Fellowship (formerly Impact Movement)
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Step It Up
- Student Council: Officer
- Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness (SOCA)
- Sustained Dialogue
- University Guide Service
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Dion W. Lewis
Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904