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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

Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

I will never forget the two weeks that I spent in Japan. For my first ever trip abroad, it was an amazing way to begin my exploration of the world and all it has to offer. I gained way more…..

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Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in this trip. Not only did I learn an immense amount of history, but I was also able to better connect with myself as well as establish lifelong…..

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Japan Peace Leadership, Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

In a time when I could’ve only dreamed of the lush mountains, the busy streets, the close-knit shops, and welcoming community of Japan, I was finally given the opportunity to live this dream out and see it all in person……

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Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

My time in Hiroshima was my favorite part of the trip. There is so much history everywhere in the city and lots happening on the side of peace. Having the opportunity to learn about what happened from multiple different perspectives…..

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Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

During our time in Japan, I was able to learn a tremendous amount about Japanese culture. Our first week in Hiroshima was a tremendous learning experience for me. The atomic bombings were a topic that I learned very little about…..

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Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

The most noticeable aspect of this trip that stood out during these two weeks in Japan is human interaction. I had a feeling that almost all Japanese we interacted with were genuinely happy to know us. Even strangers that we…..

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Japan Peace Leadership: Reflection

BLI | July 22, 2019

I feel extremely grateful for my experience in Japan with the BLI and my cohort. Despite the preparation activities and research we did leading up to the trip, I still wasn’t sure what to expect as we left Detroit, which…..

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IceVax: Capstone Bootcamp Reflection

BLI | May 21, 2019

Our project idea before boot camp was to create a box that could transport vaccines over long distances and be stored at cool temperatures that vaccines need to be stored in. We had an idea that there were some places…..

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Project Healthy Schools Global: Capstone Bootcamp Reflection

BLI | May 21, 2019

Our project idea prior to the Capstone bootcamp included a preventive health education curriculum that was focused on solely diet and nutrition. Project Healthy Schools Global began in 2015, and in 2017 we launched our first pilot run of the…..

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Host Your Voice: Capstone Bootcamp Reflection

BLI | May 21, 2019

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 Amulya founded Host Your Voice 5 years ago, his initial vision behind the…..

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