About – Barger Leadership Institute


Welcome to the BLI:

The home for immersive and interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership experiences at the University of Michigan. Here, we take a holistic approach to help you explore, nurture, and realize your authentic leadership potential.  

Through the power of empathy, understanding, and mindfulness, we explore a leadership approach based on dedicated practice, deep human connection, and inspiration. With a balance of high-touch mentorship and real-world autonomy, BLI offers a certificate, classes, fellowships, and more — all designed to enhance and elevate the full Michigan educational experience. 

BLI is far more than a resume builder. It’s the realization of leadership potential in all aspects: social, situational, relational, and cultural. We’re not merely offering a skill set; we help instill a mindset — one that will serve you throughout your education, career, and life. We’d love to help you get there.

Leadership Pillars

We believe in the power of connection. BLI helps cultivate connections for personal growth, social change, and building communities of inspiration.
We nurture and celebrate the power of connection.

We are immersive in our approach, offering a multitude of experiences and practical tools that bring leadership concepts to life.
We are real, powerful, and immersive.

We believe that leadership is a set of learnable characteristics, habits, and actions, designed to connect and foster meaningful change.
We inspire the leadership potential in all.

We prepare students to become leaders at the university, at their workplace, in their communities, and in their lives through real-world actions.
Our impact is measured by the actions of those we influence.

Barger Leadership Institute
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan
Weiser Hall, Suite 800
500 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-8200

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