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Student Voices

The Barger Leadership Institute is proud to support various types of innovative and developmental leadership experiences for undergraduates at the University of Michigan. We invite you to explore this blog, where our students share experiences in their own words.

About

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.  Future generations of Michigan leaders will face a complex, volatile, and ambiguous world where…..

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Funding

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

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Leadership Phases

The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is dedicated to leadership learning through flexible programming that builds on your liberal arts education. Our program structure allows members to create their own pathway through the institute’s various opportunities and activities. Students may enter…..

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Latest Blog

Health Promotion at UM (HPUM): Capstone Showcase Abstract

BLI | November 21, 2019

Health Promotion at UM (HPUM) was founded as a student organization to provide team-based volunteering opportunities addressing relevant health disparities for aspiring health professionals. Our team did not apply to the Capstone Experience to start a new project from scratch,…..

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Aretē: Philosophy in Prisons: Capstone Showcase Abstract

BLI | November 21, 2019

Aretē: Philosophy in Prisons is a ten-week student-led outreach program that serves to deepen the lives of those incarcerated, as well as the lives of Michigan students through an eye-opening exchange of unique perspectives. Michigan graduate and undergraduate students will…..

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Project Healthy Schools – Global: Capstone Showcase Abstract

BLI | November 21, 2019

Project Healthy Schools Global focuses on combating the rise of chronic and preventable diseases in developing countries. As developing countries become more globalized, such as the increased number of fast-food opportunities and environmental limitations to exercise, lifestyles change. This change…..

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Host Your Voice: Capstone Showcase Abstract

BLI | November 21, 2019

The overall purpose of our project was to address the fundamental disconnect between landlords and potential tenants, specifically in the student housing space. We built marketing software that can turn any apartment website –– no matter the quality –– into…..

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IceVax: Capstone Showcase Abstract

BLI | November 21, 2019

IceVax is a sustainable, energy-efficient refrigeration solution for communities with barriers that are limiting their access to proper refrigeration. Our goal is to bridge the gap in health outcomes experienced by these communities. During the Capstone project, we evaluated different…..

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Host Your Voice: Capstone Summer Reflection

BLI | October 8, 2019

SUMMER RESEARCH The vision of Host Your Voice was to enable a nonprofit’s reach to more potential donors, volunteers, and individuals to be impacted by the nonprofit’s cause. When Host Your Voice was founded 5 years ago, the initial vision…..

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IceVax: Capstone Summer Reflection

BLI | October 8, 2019

This summer, we addressed questions regarding the two different stages of our IceVax vision: design and implementation. For the design stage, one of our primary goals was to design our first working prototype. The research question we focused on was…..

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Aretē: Capstone Summer Reflection

BLI | October 8, 2019

Our summer research included the compilation of a literature review which included details on the nature of incarceration in the United States, the impact of prison education programs, and, most specifically, the findings of other philosophy prison programs. An additional…..

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Live In Color (LINC)

BLI | September 26, 2019

Live in Color (LINC) is a student-run not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the University of Michigan’s campus environment through carefully designed and brightly colored murals and art. We are interested in creating a new series of mural installations across U-M’s…..

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Delonis Center Book Club

BLI | September 26, 2019

Thanks to a small grant from BLI, we were able to purchase books and facilitate a book club at the Delonis Center, the main facility for the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, which serves as a shelter for Ann Arbor’s…..

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